Cancer of the vulva most often affects the labia which are two skin folds around the vagina.Vulvar cancer is not very common.
Who is at risk?
Most commonly affects women 65 to 75 years of age. It may be related to genital warts, a sexually transmitted disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Vulvar itching that lasts more than one month
- A cut or sore on the vulva that wont heal
- A lump or mass on the vulva
- Vulvar pain
- Bleeding from the vulva.
- Burning in the area that lasts even after your doctor has treated the burning
- Any change in size, color, or texture of a birthmark or mole in the vulvar area
Biopsy is the only way to find out.
- Usually treated with surgery. The type of surgery depends on the size, depth and spread of the cancer.
- Some people may also need radiation therapy.
- When vulvar cancer is found and treated early, the cure rate is over 90 percent.