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How do other illnesses affect vulvar cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some illnesses affect vulvar cancer by making you more susceptible to getting it. Having a history or a family history of melanoma, a serious skin cancer, raises your risk. Having the HPV virus, which is sexually transmitted, also increases your risk because it is considered a cause of vulvar cancer. If you have HIV, which can weaken your immune system, you are more at risk for getting HPV, and thus more at risk for vulvar cancer.

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