Carcinoma of the Vulva
Typically seen in women over 50 yrs of age.
This cancer is rare form of cancer.
It is found on the external genitalia of a women.Â
The tissue that surrounds the clitoris and vagina opening are affected.
Three main types of cancer are seen
1.)Â Â Squamous Cell Carcinoma
2.)Â Â Adenocarcinoma
3.)Â Â Melonoma
In some cases, but not all, HPV has been associated with the cancer (16,18, and 31)
Grading system occurs referring to the severity of cancer [mild dysplasia to carcinoma in situ]
Â Â -Â Â Â Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Â Â -Â Â Â Itching
Â Â -Â Â Â Pain
Â Â -Â Â Â Burning
Â Â -Â Â Â Lump on Vulva
Â Â -Â Â Â Ulcers are sometimes found on external genitalia – last longer then 1 month
Biopsy is essential for diagnosis
Â Â Â -Â Â Â Topical chemotherapy
Â Â -Â Â Â Tissue removal
Â Â -Â Â Â Vulvectomy