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    What is vulvar cancer?

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    Vulval cancer is an uncommon cancer that usually occurs after age 50. It can be associated with preceding conditions such as lichen sclerosis, or as a progression of persistent precancerous changes to the vulva caused by human papilloma virus. Vulval cancer can cause itching, burning or colour change to a specific area of the vulva, or a lump, lesion, erosion or ulcer which might bleed or cause a discharge. Sometimes it can be associated with pain in the vulva.
    Early detection improves chances of successful treatment. Treatment generally involves surgery. Sometimes radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also be required.

    Kirsty
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
     
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
     
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer
     

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