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Survival

Find out about survival for vaginal cancer. These statistics are general and should only be used as a guide. 

Survival depends on many different factors. It depends on your individual condition, type of cancer, treatment and level of fitness. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. 

These are general statistics based on large groups of patients. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis).

You can also talk about this with the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Survival by stage

There are no national statistics available for vaginal cancer survival by stage in the UK.

The statistics below come from an international organisation of specialists in women's cancer called FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology Oncologists). So, these figures are international and may not represent UK survival.

More than 75 out of every 100 women with stage 1 vaginal cancer (more than 75%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

More than 50 out of every 100 women with stage 2 vaginal cancer (more than 50%) will survive for 5 years or more.

More than 40 out of every 100 women with stage 3 vaginal cancer (more than 40%) will survive for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Around 20 out of every 100 women with stage 4A vaginal cancer (around 20%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Almost 15 out of every 100 women with stage 4B vaginal cancer (almost 15%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Survival for all stages

In England, of all the women diagnosed with cancer of the vagina or cancer of the vulva:

  • more than 80 out of 100 women (more than 80%) will survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis
  • around 65 out of 100 women (around 65%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis
  • around 55 out of 100 women (around 55%) will survive their cancer for 10 years or more after their diagnosis

What affects survival

Your outcome depends on the stage of the cancer when it is diagnosed. This means how big it is and whether it has spread. It also depends on which part of the vagina is affected by cancer.

The type of cancer and grade of the cancer cells can also affect your likely survival. Grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.

About these statistics

The term 5 year survival doesn't mean you will only live for 5 years. It relates to the number of people who live 5 years or more after their diagnosis of cancer.

More statistics

For more in-depth information about survival and other statistics for vaginal cancer, go to our Cancer Statistics section.

Last reviewed: 
27 Jul 2016
  • Statistics provided by the Statistical Information Team at Cancer Research UK.

  • AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, 8th edition
    MB Amin and others
    Springer, 2017

  • Carcinoma of the vagina. FIGO 26th Annual Report on the Results of Treatment in Gynecological Cancer
    U Beller and others
    International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 2006. Volume 95, Supplement 1

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