What were your first symptoms of vulvar cancer?
Pain and tenderness. Bleeding that isn’t from menstruation. Skin changes, such as color changes or thickening. A lump, wartlike bumps or an open sore (ulcer)
Can vulvar cancer go away on its own?
VIN may disappear on its own, but most women with VIN need some treatment. The condition sometimes becomes cancerous – about one in three women diagnosed with vulvar cancer also has VIN.
How long does it take to diagnose vulvar cancer?
Our vulvar cancer experts use a wide variety of diagnostic tools, including imaging and laboratory tests, to evaluate vulvar cancer. This diagnostic evaluation takes about three to five days.
What does vulvar cancer smell like?
A lump, nodule or wart-like growth on the vulva which you can feel by touching it. In the most advanced stages, foul-smelling vaginal discharge; blood-stained vaginal discharge between periods and abdominal pain.
What does a vulvar cancer lump feel like?
A bump or lump, which could be red, pink, or white and could have a wart-like or raw surface or feel rough or thick. Thickening of the skin of the vulva. Itching. Pain or burning.
What does vulvar cancer itching feel like?
Itching, burning, or bleeding on the vulva that does not go away. Changes in the color of the skin of the vulva, so that it looks redder or whiter than is normal for you. Skin changes in the vulva, including what looks like a rash or warts.
What can mimic vulvar cancer?
Benign conditions that can mimic vulvar cancer are the vulvar dystrophies (lichen sclerosis and hyperplasia), dysplasia, and condyloma.
Does vulvar cancer spread fast?
Vulvar cancer begins on the surface of the vulva. Most of these cancers grow slowly, remaining on the surface for years. However, some (for example, melanomas) grow quickly.
What age can you get vulvar cancer?
The risk of developing vulval cancer increases as you get older. Most cases develop in women aged 65 or over, although very occasionally women under 50 can be affected.
What happens if you have vulvar cancer?
Some signs of vulvar cancer are skin changes in part of the vulva, a new bump, skin feeling thick or rough, itching, burning, an open sore, and new bleeding, spotting, or discharge from the vagina.
How long can you live with vulvar cancer?
Survival rates can give you an idea of what percentage of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive a certain amount of time (usually 5 years) after they were diagnosed.
5-year relative survival rates for vulvar cancer.
|SEER Stage||5-Year Relative Survival Rate|
|All SEER stages combined||71%|