What should I do if I think I have vulvar cancer?
Vulvar cancer primarily spreads by invading surrounding tissue. The cancer cells may also travel to the lymph nodes. Treating metastatic vulvar cancer commonly includes a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. If surgery is not an option, your doctor may recommend just chemotherapy and radiation.
What does a vulvar cancer sore look like?
These can include: An area on the vulva that looks different from normal – it could be lighter or darker than the normal skin around it, or look red or pink. A bump or lump, which could be red, pink, or white and could have a wart-like or raw surface or feel rough or thick. Thickening of the skin of the vulva.
What were your first vaginal cancer symptoms?
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, for example, after intercourse or after menopause.
- Watery vaginal discharge.
- A lump or mass in your vagina.
- Painful urination.
- Frequent urination.
- Pelvic pain.
What does a vulvar lesion look like?
Preventive gynecologic exams can be helpful in detecting these early lesions. Ultimately, many women will develop a visible vulvar mass: the squamous cell subtype can look like elevated white, pink, or red bumps, while vulvar melanoma characteristically presents as a colored, ulcerated growth.
What does a vulvar ulcer look like?
Vulvar ulcers might start out looking like bumps or a rash. Or, the sores might appear as breaks in your skin that expose tissue. Symptoms of vulvar ulcers vary, but may include: pain or discomfort.
Can Pap test detect vulvar cancer?
The Pap test does not screen for vaginal or vulvar cancers. Since there is no simple and reliable way to screen for any gynecologic cancers except cervical cancer, it is especially important to recognize warning signs, and learn what you can do to reduce your risk.
Can you get cancer on your vag lips?
Vulvar cancer can occur on any part of the external organs but most often affects the labia majora or labia minora. Cancer of the vulva is a rare disease, accounting for 0.6 percent of all cancers in women, and it may form slowly over many years. Most vulvar cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.
How fast does vulvar cancer grow?
Most of these cancers grow slowly, remaining on the surface for years. However, some (for example, melanomas) grow quickly. Untreated, vulvar cancer can eventually invade the vagina, the urethra, or the anus and spread into lymph nodes in the pelvis and abdomen and into the bloodstream.