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    What causes vulvar cancer?

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

    Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that affects the vulval region. The vulva can be described as being the part of female gentitalia that is ‘outside’ the body. The vagina is ‘inside’. In fact anything between the lips, which are called the labia, is outside the body.
    Vulval cancer accounts for about three per cent of all gynaecological cancers and is most commonly diagnosed in older women aged around 70 years or over. There is no single cause of vulval cancer. Some risk factors include;

    • increasing age
    • other sexually transmitted infections
    • genital warts (human papilloma virus infection)
    • past history of cell cervical cancer
    • past history of vaginal cancer 
    • Smoking
    • lichen sclerosus (a skin condition mostly affecting the genitals).
    Belinda
    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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