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What is cancer of the vulva?

What is cancer of the vulva?

Female genital CA: Vulvar cancer can involve any part of the outside female genitalia(excluding breast) up to the inside of the vagina. ...Read more

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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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What to do if you have cancer of the vulva, go through the pain or disfigurement?

What to do if you have cancer of the vulva, go through the pain or disfigurement?

Supportive group etc: First of all, sorry about your suffering. It must have been hard for you. Ask you gynecologist if they have a social worker whom you can talk to.Look at the american cancer society local chapter-if they have any support group you can join to. A counselling will help especially dealing with disfigurement etc. A good pain medication will also help to go through your postop pain. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with with squamous cancer of the vulva how quickly does that spread?

I have been diagnosed with with squamous cancer of the vulva how quickly does that spread?

Depends: sorry to know about your diagnosis. It really depends on the size of the cancer and if any positive lymph nodes. Please consult with your doctor. Many effective treatment strategies are available now. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm wondering if you may be able to give me some hope. I have small cell neuroendocrine cancer of the vulva.stage 11 Is there a chance for me ?

Hello,  I'm wondering if you may be able to give me some hope. I have small cell neuroendocrine cancer of the vulva.stage 11 Is there a chance for me ?

Yes, there is hope!: Small cell cancer can be effectively treated especially if it has not spread into the internal organs. Be sure that your doctor has experience in treating Small cell Cancer, usually it is treated by Lung cancer specialists. Chemotherapy is highly effective and has potential to cure it provided it is used properly and in a timely fashion. Delayed use, when tumor has already spread leads to failure. ...Read more

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Help please! could BV cause vulva cancer?

Help please! could BV cause vulva cancer?

What is BV?: Please do not use abbreviations! they can only mislead you and everyone else. ...Read more

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My sister 59 has stage 4 vulva cancer and is now terminal, how far up the trunk of her body will the cancer spread.

My sister 59 has stage 4 vulva cancer and is now terminal, how far up the trunk of  her body will the cancer spread.

Palliative care: I am sorry to hear about your sister's serious illness. If she is stage IV and terminal, it is more important to worry about symptom management than the specifics of how her disease is progressing--there are no more stages of her cancer. I hope you are in contact with palliative care doctors who are managing her pain (ask about neuropathic pain medications), bowel movements, mood, insomnia, etc. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed a few years ago with hpv. I am 30 now and I've been having this itch on and off near my vulvar area and scarred it might b vulva cancer?

Was diagnosed a few years ago with hpv.  I am 30 now and I've been having this itch on and off near my vulvar area and scarred it might b vulva cancer?

No worry, not cancer: Vulvar cancer is rare, and the vast majority of women who have HPV never get it (or cervical cancer, for that matter). And althought it is possible that a vulvar cancer could itch, itching alone is not a symptom. If you don't have a visible growth or sore, you don't have cancer -- that's for sure. Yeast infections are the most common cause of genital itching in women. See your doc if it continues. ...Read more

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I've just had a so say cyst removed from my labia minors but they left the one on my labia majors I'm worried I have vulva cancer as its common in my?

I've just had a so say cyst removed from my labia minors but they left the one on my labia majors I'm worried I have vulva cancer as its common in my?

See a Gyn Onc. : Vulvar cancer needs to be treated by a gynecologic oncologist. At 74, you are in the age group at risk for vulvar cancer. So if you didn't see a gynecologic oncologist, you should. If you have, and he or she is not worried about the cyst, you can get a second opinion or wait to see if the cyst grows. Or ask for a biopsy. That's the only way to know for sure what it is. ...Read more

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Would I be able to see my own vulva cancer? Is it something that is visible to the naked eye?

Not always: Yes, vulvar cancer is visible to the naked eye, but if there is any concern, please do not depend on diagnosing this in or out on your own, strongly recommend to see your health care provider, preferably your GYN ...Read more

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My grandmother died in her late 70's from Vulva cancer, does that put me at high risk, does it run in genes? What symptoms do I look for?

My grandmother died in her late 70's from Vulva cancer,  does that put me at high risk, does it run in genes? What symptoms do I look for?

Regular checkups: I trust that you see your doctor about once every year. Discuss the matter with her/him so that your doctor can examine the vulva. Please consult this site for symptoms of early vulvar cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vulvar-cancer/basics/symptoms/CON-20043483 Wish you good health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is vaginal cancers like uterine, vulva, ovarian, or cervical common in 13 year old Virgin if not how rare is it on a scale from 1/10 have HPV vaccine ?

Confusing question: From your statement it is not clear whether you are asking about risk or whether the 13 yo has had the vaccine.The present 9 strain HPV vaccine can help prevent 7 strains associated with cervical/anal/oral cancer. Uterine and ovarian cancer are unrelated and not effected by vaccine use.Studies of college age women have shown as many as 70% were exposed to some HPV strain. Some could develop CA ...Read more

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How common is vulva skin cancer?

Not very: Vulvar cancer is uncommon, but very serious. Women with hpv are more likely to develop vulvar dysplasia and vulvar cancer. Smokers are far more likely to develop vulvar cancer. Plus they are harder to treat and more likely to have recurrences of the cancer. ...Read more

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I recently had two lesions removed and bx from my.Vulva. Now dr wants to do a colp. I'm scared am i going to die of im diagnosed with vulgar cancer?

I recently had two lesions removed and bx from my.Vulva.  Now dr wants to do a colp.  I'm scared am i going to die of im diagnosed with vulgar cancer?

HPV: Vulvar lesion and needs for colposcopy may be due to an infection with human papilloma virus the virus is responsible for genital warts and some species of the virus can cause cervical cancer cancer is uncommon at your age, but the colposcopy will bring more light on the diagnosis and to see if there are malignantncells. ...Read more

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I noticed a black spot on my vulva, could it be a cancer?

I noticed a black spot on my vulva, could it be a cancer?

Possible: It is more likely to be a mole or other benign condition such as hemangioma. Have it checked out, especially if it has changed color, grown in size, or is irregularly shaped. ...Read more

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My vulva is constantly itching and i'm not sure why. There's a small flat brown spot on my vulva. Should i be worried about cancer?

My vulva is constantly itching and i'm not sure why. There's a small flat brown spot on my vulva. Should i be worried about cancer?

No, but: This requires evaluation, examination and possible biopsy. It would not be unusual for hpv exposure to causes changes to the vulvar area like you describe that are considered "pre-cancerous". ...Read more

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Itchy vulva that bleeds when rubbed, could this possibly be vulvar cancer?

Itchy vulva that bleeds when rubbed, could this possibly be vulvar cancer?

Many possibilities: Many things can cause this. Depending on age and hormonal status, thinning skin (atrophy) is a very common, much less-worrisome, treatable condition. See a doctor...They will examine you. If necessary, a biopsy can be performed with minimal discomfort. ...Read more

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Vulva (Definition)

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