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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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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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How is vulvar cancer diagnosed?

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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How could I prevent vulvar cancer?

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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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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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

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Vulva (Definition)

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