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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is vulvar cancer preventable?

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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    The greatest risk factor for any cancer is age. Especially so in vulval cancer which is very rare before the age of 50 and most common in women older than 70 years. It does seem that the incidence of vulval cancer is rising in younger women with evidence suggesting that many of these younger women have been smokers.
    Having multiple sexual partners can increase risk. Exposure to human papilloma virus has been associated with cervical cancer as well as vulval cancer.
    No cancer can be eliminated completely however, each woman can reduce her risk.
    Practice safe sex (use condoms)
    Have regular Pap smears
    Do not smoke
    Lead a healthy lifestyle
    See your Dr.If you notice any change and do not ignore symptoms
    Brenda
    Women’s Health EducatorHealth 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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