what is vulval cancer?
There are about 1,300 a year in the UK, 450 of these women will die of the disease. These cancers usually present with an itchy or painful skin lesion, wart-like growth or ulcer on the genital skin.
key signs & symptoms
• Itching, burning or soreness of the vulva that persists
• Bleeding or a blood-stained discharge
• Pain in the area of the vulva
• A lump or swelling over the vulva
• A burning sensation on passing urine
• A mole that changes shape or colour
The risk of developing this cancer increases with age. Other risks factors include HPV infection, weakened immune system, genital herpes infection, smoking and some chronic skin infections.
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