Vulvar cancer is a type of female genital cancer that affects the external genitalia. Approximately, three per cent of all gynaecological cancers are vulvar cancer.The cancer easily spreads to nearby body parts such as the bladder, vagina and anus as vulva has rich supply of blood and lymphatic vessels. It is most often diagnosed in older women (more than 70 years) though it can affect younger women (35-45 years) as well. Most vulvar cancers start in the labia majora and just about 1 in 10 cases starts in the clitoris. As the cancer in early stages has little symptoms, many cases are often get detected only in the later stages.
Symptoms that may occur with progression include:
These are some symptoms that may be present in a woman with vulvar cancer. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have vulvar cancer. Similar symptoms can be caused by many other gynaecological problems. Your doctor will examine you and recommend tests (if needed) to diagnose the cause of the symptoms.