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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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
See GYN: See your gyn and discus your concerns, a good gynecological exam will determine this, with possible biopsy if warranted.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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!
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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