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Can masturbation put you at risk for vulvar cancer?

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Who is more likely at risk for vulvar cancer?

Who is more likely at risk for vulvar cancer?

A couple: Risk factors for vulvar cancer include: cigarette smoking, vulvar dystrophy, vulvar or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, human papillomavirus (hpv) infection, immunodeficiency syndromes, a prior history of cervical cancer, and northern european ancestry. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risk factors for vulvar cancer?

Can you tell me the risk factors for vulvar cancer?

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

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How can I tell if what I have are signs of vulvar cancer?

How can I tell if what I have are signs of vulvar cancer?

See GYN: See your gyn and discus your concerns, a good gynecological exam will determine this, with possible biopsy if warranted. ...Read more

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What are the types of vulvar cancer? What type of vulvar cancer do I have?

What are the types of vulvar cancer? What type of vulvar cancer do I have?

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

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Is vulvar cancer genetic?

Is vulvar cancer genetic?

Not generally: Sporadic cancer, perhaps related to some stds. Good reason for condoms if sexually active, periodic exams. Generally does not occur in people your age. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of vulvar cancer?

What is the pathophysiology of vulvar cancer?

Only pathology: 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

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The skin of my vulvar is slightly red. Do I have vulvar cancer?

The skin of my vulvar is slightly red. Do I have vulvar cancer?

Probably not.: This is not a common appearance of vulvar cancer; they are more frequently masses, ulcers, or raised plaques. However, redness around the vulva can be indicative that something else may be going on, so it is important to have it looked at by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Could a rash be vulvar cancer? What does vulvar cancer look like?

Could a rash be vulvar cancer? What does vulvar cancer look like?

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

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Who gets vulvar cancer?

Who gets vulvar cancer?

Vulvar cancer: Women in their 30s & 40s with high risk hpv and older women with chronic vulvar irritation. Smokers in both age groups are at more risk. ...Read more

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How is vulvar cancer diagnosed?

By biopsy: If the physical exam of a troublesome area is suggestive, a biopsy of that skin area is used to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for vulvar cancer?

What are the tests for vulvar cancer?

Physical and biopsy: Vulva can be observed directly for any suspicious lesions. If there are any, those can be biopsied for examination by a pathologist. Hpv infection is implicated in vulvar cancer like in cervical cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for vulvar cancer?

What are the symptoms for vulvar cancer?

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

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Do you know the color for vulvar cancer?

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

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Can you tell me the symptoms of vulvar cancer?

Can you tell me the symptoms of vulvar cancer?

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

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Can teenagers at the age of 14 get vulvar cancer?

Can teenagers at the age of 14 get vulvar cancer?

No: This is a disease of senescence. But teenagers can acquire the papilloma virus which might eventually be associated with vulvar cancer. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have vulvar cancer?

Should I still go to work if I have vulvar cancer?

Sure: Vulvar cancer is not generally debilitating, although you may miss some work if and when you have surgery for the cancer. At that point your surgeon will specifiy any restrictions. ...Read more

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What is vulvar cancer, and what does it look like?

What is vulvar cancer, and what does it look like?

Squamous cell: Carcinoma. Most vulvar cancers are ulerative type lesions and you can see at picture at the link given below. Many of these cancers are related to hpv infection.

http://www. Helpfulhealthtips. Com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/vulvar-cancer-150x150.jpg. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get vulvar cancer?

How common is it for somebody to get vulvar cancer?

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

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What are the possible complications with vulvar cancer?

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

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How could I prevent vulvar cancer?

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

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Has anyone had surgery with complete recovery for vulvar cancer?

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

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How treatable is vulvar cancer? Is vulvar cancer one of those cancers that is extremely treatable? .

Vulvar cancer: Highly treatable. Usually a surgery like radical vulvectomy and chemotherapy and radiation therapy all modalities are employed in its treatment. ...Read more

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Is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy? How often is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy if it is caught in its early stages? .

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

Vulva (Definition)

The external female genitalia including the mons pubis, labia majora and minor, clitoris, vestibule, ...Read more


Dr. John Geisler
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