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Cause Of Vulvar Cancer
Not exactly clear: The risk factors for vulvar cancer include cigarette smoking, vulvar dystrophy (eg lichen sclerosus), vulvar or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, human papillomavirus (hpv) infection, immunodeficiency syndroms, a prior history of cervical cancer, and northern european ancestry. ...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
HPV: The hpv family of viruses encompasses over 100 different strains responsible for cervical cancer, genital warts and vulvar/vaginal cancer. Risk factors include multiple sexual partners, early age of first intercourse, history of abnormal pap smear, history of rectal cancer or hiv. Also, taking chronic meds like steroids or immune modulating meds for auto-immune diseases can increase the risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genital cancer: Vulvar cancer is uncommon, a cancer of the external genitals of a woman. May present as a mass, an ulcerated abnormality, persistent nonhealing sore, lump. Generally in older women, takes time to develop. Just another reason to go for regular exams. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Read below: Staging is a way of describing a cancer, such as where it is located, if or where it has spread, and if it is affecting the functions of other organs in the body. Doctors use diagnostic tests to determine the cancer's stage, so staging may not be complete until all of the tests are finished. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best and can help predict a patient'. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 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. ...Read more
Depends: The goal of treatment is to first save your life. However, beyond that, vulvar reconstruction is possible. Problems with dryness and stenosis (too tight of an opening) can be treated with great success. Be sure to discuss this when you are discussing your treatment options. ...Read more