Carcinoma of the Vulva is typically seen in women over 50 yrs of age but can be seen at any age. This is rare form of cancer and is found on the surface of skin of the external genitalia of a women. The tissue or skin that surrounds the clitoris and vagina opening are affected.
This form of cancer presents as a lump or a sore on the vulva which results in excessive itching. After the cancer if found, it requires surgery to remove the area or skin. In rare circumstances, the entire vulva needs to be removed.
There are Three Main Types of Cancer
1.) Squamous Cell Carcinoma
*****In some cases, but not all, HPV has been associated with the cancer (16,18, and 31)
***A grading system can be used to determine the severity of cancer [mild dysplasia to carcinoma in situ]
– Abnormal vaginal bleeding
– Lump on Vulva
– Ulcers are sometimes found on external genitalia – last longer then 1 month
1.) A Biopsy is essential for diagnosis
– Topical chemotherapy
– Tissue removal