Vulvar Cancer

The vulva is the external portion of the female sex organs. While cancer in this area is rare, it can form as squamous cell carcinoma, which is found on the vaginal lips, or adenocarcinoma, which is found on the sides of the vaginal opening.

Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause about half of vulvar cancers, and vaccines that protect against infection of HPV may reduce women’s risk of this cancer.

Vulvar Cancer Risk Factors

  • Age
  • History of precancerous conditions of vulva
  • Exposure to HPV
  • History of skin conditions involving the vulva
  • Smoking
  • Weakened Immune System

Vulvar Cancer Signs & Symptoms

  • Lump, bumps or open sores in the vulvar area
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Changes to the skin
  • Itching that won’t resolve

If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

Vulvar Cancer Doctors & Treatment

At Sarah Cannon at Rose Medical Center, our goal is to help you understand your diagnosis, disease, and treatment options through education and support.

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