Is vulvar cancer serious?

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Vulvar cancer can be serious, even fatal, but if it's detected in its early stages, success rates for a cure are good. If untreated early on, it can spread to the lymph nodes or other tissues and organs, such as the rectum and bladder. Treatment then becomes more complex. The five-year survival rate for vulvar cancer is 96 percent if it has not spread to the lymph nodes. However, many women live much longer.

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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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