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Can Masturbation Put You At Risk For Vulvar Cancer
No: Life is difficult enough without worrying about something this basic. Relax and enjoy yourself. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
YES: The most common risk factors associated with vulvar cancer are age, hpv, hiv, smoking, and vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia. Other risk factors may include bowen's disease, paget's disease, lichen sclerosus, chronic irritant vaginitis (such as with pessary), and employment in laundry and cleaning industry. ...Read more
See GYN: See your gyn and discus your concerns, a good gynecological exam will determine this, with possible biopsy if warranted. ...Read more
Squamous, Melanomas: Vulvar malignancies are more rare than some cancers and usually arise from skin (squamous cell) or pigment skin cells (malignant melanoma). The squamous carcinoma is commonly related to the human papilloma virus (hpv) #16. The hpv virus is usually transmitted by sexual contact. Treatment can include biopsy, sometimes surgical removal, freezing, lasar, other methods and evaluation for metastasis. ...Read more
Vulvar cancer is a pathologic state and has no physiology. The causes include hpv and HIV infection, and smoking. It is uncommon and occurs on older women. For additional information consult the website given below.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vulvar-cancer/ds00768. ...Read more
Maybe: Most vulvar cancers are bumps, little cauliflowers, or ulcers. The one that looks like a rash is paget's, a relatively non-aggressive one that develops slowly and looks strikingly abnormal. If the rash stays around for more than two weeks, a physician office visit is in order. ...Read more
How can I find doctors w the most experience treating stage 3 vulvar cancer in a 34 year old who does not fit the profile?
Tertiary care center: The most experience with this will be concentrated at major medical centers in metropolitan areas. ...Read more
Usually a lesion: Most commonly patients present with a single vulvar lesion (nodular or warty) on the labia majora. Sometimes the lesion can be itchy. Less commonly there may be bleeding, discharge, pain with urination, or an enlarged lymph node. ...Read more
None specifically: Many cancers have associated 'awareness' colors. A common exapmle is pink ribbons worn to support breast cancer patients and breast cancer research. To my knowledge, there are no specific 'support' colors for vulvar cancer. I think that the awareness colors for cervical cancer (as close to vulvar cancer as I can find) are teal ; white. You could wear teal ; white to support vulvar cancer too! ...Read more
A couple common ones:
Most women present with a single raised area or mass on the labia majora.
The labia minora, perineum, and clitoris are less frequently involved.
Itching is also a common complaint. Bleeding, discharge, pain with urination, and/or an enlarged lymph node in the groin are less frequent but also possible presenting symptoms. ...Read more
Not very common: Vulvar cancer is the fourth most common gynecologic cancer. Annually in the United States, there are approximately 4340 new cases. ...Read more
It depends: This is difficult to answer without knowing more about your specific case. It depends on the stage of your cancer. This will dictate whether surgery is performed and the extent of the surgery as well as whether there is a role for radiation and or chemotherapy. So without more information it is difficult to really answer this question. ...Read more
Vulvar cancer: Vulvar cancer in many, if not most, women is caused by the hpv viruses. Any behavior leading to increased exposure to the viruses (such as multiple sexual partners) can increase the risk, although the overall risk is quite low. Diseases or drugs that suppress the immune system also increase the risk, as does smoking. It has not been directly studied, but the hpv vaccine may decrease the risk. ...Read more
Early cancer is: Curable. Patients with lesions less than 2.0 cm have a 60-80% five year survival. Smaller lesions have better outcomes. ...Read more
How treatable is vulvar cancer? Is vulvar cancer one of those cancers that is extremely treatable? .
Is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy? How often is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy if it is caught in its early stages? .
Sometimes: Early stage vulvar cancer is usually treated with surgery first or rarely radiation therapy for those who are not able to undergo surgery. Sometimes radiation therapy is needed after surgery. Some stage iii and IV tumors are treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation together instead of surgery. Chemotherapy alone would usually only be used if the cancer has spread widely. ...Read more
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