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About Vulvar Cancer
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What is Vulvar Cancer?  

Cancer of the Vulva or known as cancer of the perineum, a rare kind of cancer in women, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the vulva. Most cases are found in women over the age of 50. Although, it's becoming more and more frequent to be diagnosed under the age of 40. I am one of them, I was 30 years old when diagnosed. 

Symptoms
Some of the Symptoms

small ulcer like sores and or bumps, thickening or lumps
usually on the labia but may be anywhere on the vulva
changes to the colour maybe white
local itching, pain, burning, bleeding and discharge not related to menstruation
pain with urination
pain with intercourse

Note: Nearly 20% of women with vulvar cancer have no symptoms.

Signs And Tests

A routine pelvic examination may be the best means of noting early changes. Skin changes include any color changes and the presence of lesions that may vary in size and shape.
Excision and biopsy of the lesion is critical for accurate diagnosis.


If any of these symptoms persist a doctor should be seen immediately
The type of cancer is 80% of the time squamaus epithelium, 10% are malignant melanomas, 5% are glandular, 3% are basal cell carcinoma, and 2% are rare sarcomas. The cause of the cancer of the vulva is still uncertain. Though there is a link with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Treatment  
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Treatment of vulva cancer may begin with a biopsy or removing a small portion of the lump for further examination. If the growth is malignant, the doctor may choose to do a vulvectomy (vul-vek-toe-me), which entails a surgical procedure which removes part (removal of the growth and the surrounding skin) or all of the vulva. And sometimes the  removal of the glands in the groin and the skin in between. 
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The chance of recovery and treatment choice depend on the stage of the cancer and your overall heath condition.

Cancer of the Vulva can be beaten with early detection.

The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

 

 

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