How do other illnesses affect vulvar cancer?

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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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Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar cancer develops when abnormal cells grow on the surface of a womans external genitalia.Developing slowly over years, cancer of the vulva affects the inner and outer vaginal lips called the labia minora and labia majora, the ...

opening to the vagina called the vestibule and the clitoris. See your doctor if you notice an itchy or painful lump or sore on your genitalia. Like other gynecologic cancers, the human papillomavirus (HPV) puts you at higher risk of developing this disease. You also have increased risk if youre over the age of 50, have been infected with HIV or have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. A pelvic exam can detect vulvar cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are commonly used to treat this cancer. Aggressive treatments may require removal of part or the entire vulva.
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