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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.

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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.

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What is vulvar cancer?

What is vulvar cancer?

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.

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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.

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How is vulvar cancer staged?

How is vulvar cancer staged?

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'.

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How is vulvar cancer treated?

How is vulvar cancer treated?

Vulvar cancer: Vulvar dysplasia (precancer) can be treated by surgery (cutting it out or destroying it with a laser) or occasionally with medicine. Invasive vulvar cancer is most commonly treated with surgery (removal of lesion and lymph nodes). Rarely, chemotherapy or radiation is used also for advanced disease.

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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.

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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.

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What are the causes of vulvar cancer?

What are the causes 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are the most common symptoms of vulvar cancer?

What are the most common symptoms of vulvar cancer?

Patch or sore: Vulvar cancer usually presents as a persistent white patch of skin or non-healing sore. A biopsy is useful in the diagnosis. You should not go by how it looks, some forms of vulvar cancer can be deceptively benign-looking.

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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.

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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.

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Vulva (Definition)

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


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