What are the symptoms of vulvar cancer?

Symptoms of vulvar cancer include those listed below:
  • Vulvar itching that does not improve
  • Change in skin color around the vulva
  • Change in the feel of the skin around the vulva
  • Pain when urinating
  • Enlarged glands or lumps in your groin
  • Bumps, growths, ulcers, or sores in the vulvar or clitoral areas
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Change in an existing mole in the vulvar area

Symptoms of vulvar cancer may include a lump or sore in the vulva area, and burning, pain, or tenderness. Bleeding that is not due menstruation and persistent itching are other possible symptoms. You should also be aware of changes in the skin color or thickness of your vulva as well. Recognizing these symptoms early on gives you a better chance of identifying this type of cancer before it progresses.

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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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