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Vaginal cancer. Light micrograph of a vaginal smear showing cancer cells (large pink cells with purple nuclei). The enlarged nuclei show that the cells are dividing rapidly. This is a high grade tumour that is cancerous but is not invading other tissues. Vaginal tumours are rare, and occur most often in women over the age of 40. Smear tests are carried out routinely in adult women to try to detect vaginal and cervical cancer at the earliest stages. Cervical cancer is more common. Both conditions can be more successfully treated if caught early. Papanicolaou ('Pap') stained. Magnification unknown.
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