In Our Own Words
Vulvar cancer most often occurs on the inner edges of the labia, which is the area of the skin outside the urethra and vagina. Common symptoms include itchiness and the presence of a lump, ulcer or warty area on the labia.
Risk factors for vulvar cancer include smoking and infection with a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be contracted during intercourse. A vaccine to protect against HPV types associated with cancer can be given to girls starting at the age of 9.
Symptoms and Side Effects
- Itching, burning or bleeding on the vulva that doesnt go away
- Color changes on the vulva skin
- Skin changes on the vulva that look like a rash or warts
- Sores, lumps or ulcers on the vulva
- Pelvic pain, especially during urination or intercourse