Vulvar cancer is very rare and affects the tissues around a woman’s vagina – specifically the vagina’s inner and outer lips. While it may take years to develop, damaged tissue known as a precancerous lesion, is often present before becoming cancerous. Vulvar cancer is most often diagnosed in women between 50 to 80 years of age.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines can help prevent cancer for the specific strains of HPV that lead to cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers.
While symptoms may vary from person to person, it is important to know your body and share any changes or concerns with your doctor. Vulvar cancer symptoms include:
Gynecologic oncologists are physicians that specialize in the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of gynecological cancers.
Most often, a biopsy is performed. This involves removing a small piece of tissue for examination by a pathologist in a lab.
The most common treatment plans involve one, some, or all of the following: