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Vaginal Cancer Statistics and Prognosis

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Vaginal cancer statistics is the interpretation and analysis of data previously collected regarding age, type, size of the cancer. This average provides an insight into the survival chances of women suffering from the vaginal cancer. However, the data the research is based on is measured with a 5 year interval. There are chances of arrival of advanced medical technique or new and better medicines beyond the five years interval that the statistics has been calculated upon. So, the statistics cannot always be accurate and reliable. Even if two women are diagnosed with the same cancer their prognosis would differ depending on individual condition, status of the cancer etc and the treatment would also vary. However, the early the detection better will be the prognosis of the patient.

An individual may want to know the risk that she may be running to get vaginal cancer. In such case statistics provide an insight as to what might happen or how prone one might be of contracting the disease by matching individual case with the facts generated by the statistics. Statistics though cannot ever tell whether one would actually get vaginal cancer or not, an individual's survival chance, neither could it exactly say if one is going to succumb. It's just an average of incidences happened over a stretch of time and should only be used as reference.

Vaginal cancer in women is very rare and statistics helps the doctor understand who are more at risk of getting vaginal cancer. Getting to know the risk factors would help a patient make better choices in life and have a better screening test.

  1. As per a study by The American Cancer Society about 2570 women are estimated to get diagnosed with vaginal cancer in 2011
  2. About 780 women are estimated to die of it

There are different statistics that help determine individual survival chances. These as mentioned herewith:

  • Prevalence rate: This average represents number of women getting diagnosed with vaginal cancer per 1,00,000 women. This statistics is utilized when data on a large group of women, particular stage of cancer or type of cancer is to be determined

  • Incidence statistics: This statistics is made use of when an estimated number of women on a given population are to be diagnosed with vaginal cancer are to be arrived at. The data on number of cases of vaginal cancer occurred during previous 5 years are taken and placed in a statistical model that yields the number of vaginal cancer cases that could be expected in the current year. This statistics is calculated per 1,00,000 women to arrive at the estimated number of cases of vaginal cancer. Therefore, this statistics can be utilized when estimating average cases for a large group of population or specific age group or population group. Again incidence statistics can be classified as Age-adjusted incidence rate wherein occurrence of vaginal cancer in women belonging to different age groups is calculated. This is helpful in making a comparison between cancer occurrences among women falling in different age groups

  • Mortality statistics: Mortality statistics gives an average as to number of women succumbing to vaginal cancer during a specific time period. Its calculated per 1,00,000 women and can be calculated for women belonging to specific stage of cancer, age group etc. However, mortality rate may vary depending on arrival of new medical technologies, improved drugs etc which has the potential to better the prognosis of a patient suffering from vaginal cancer

  • Cancer Risk: Taking the results of prevalence and incidence statistics researchers may arrive at estimation as to which specific population, women of which age group is more prone to getting vaginal cancer. Besides, such statistics other factors like any past health issues, heredity problems, the kind of lifestyle followed are all taken into consideration to arrive at while screening cancer recommendation

Statistics are always an estimation which one can refer to get an idea and know what has happened in the past. But this cannot be fully relied upon. A statistics cannot exactly say what would happen to a woman suffering from vaginal cancer. If a patient has any doubt she should promptly get in touch with her doctor and get all her doubts cleared. Statistics may help the patient understand the disease better but it cannot be made a basis for her prognosis. Statistics are just to get an idea as to what stage of vaginal cancer, size of the cancer or whether the cancer is metastasis etc but it can never predict one's future. Treatment differs from individual to individual so does the survival rate.

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