Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar Cancer


Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the vulva (the skin surrounding the female genitalia) including the skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina.

Risk Factors

  • Age: Women above the age of 65 are more prone to the disease. It may, occur at any age
  • Infection with HPV (human papillomavirus)
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Signs and Symptoms

  • Persistent itching
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Bleeding not associated with menstruation
  • Color changes/ thickening of the skin
  • A lump/ bumps that resemble warts or an ulcer


  • Colposcopy: It is a procedure that uses an instrument with magnifying lens, called a colposcope to examine the cervix for abnormalities.
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  • Surgery
    • Surgeries to treat vulvar cancer include:
      • Wide local excision or radical excision- Removal of the cancer with a margin of healthy-looking..
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  • How quickly does vulvar cancer progress?
  • Can cancer of the vulva be cured?
  • Will I need chemo for vulvar cancer?
  • Do Pap smears detect vulvar cancer?
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