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Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to vaginal cancer.

Depending on your symptoms, this might be an urgent referral.

Seeing your GP

It can be hard for GPs to decide who may have cancer and who might have a more minor condition. For some symptoms, your doctor may ask you to wait to see if the symptoms get better or respond to treatment, such as antibiotics.

There are guidelines for GPs to help them decide who needs a referral.

Urgent referral

According to guidelines, you should get an urgent referral if you have a lump in or at the entrance to your vagina.

UK referral guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) produce guidelines for GPs in the UK. The guidelines help them decide who needs an urgent referral.

Information and help

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