Cancer of the Vulva another Women Threat
Starting in the female external sex organ, cancer of the vulva is another threat to women. The location could be anywhere in the vulva and the surrounding area. It could occur at labia majora (the outer lips) and labia minora (the inner lips) as the two most common locations. Sometimes, the cancer starts in the perineum (the skin between vulva and anus). It may also involve clitoris and Bartholin’s glands. When it grows, it could spread wider even to distant organs.
The vulva cancer that also called vulvar cancer could be life threatening when it develops to late stages. However, most cancer of the vulva forms slowly from abnormal cells in the vulva. The abnormal vulva cells are commonly a VIN or vulval intraepithelial neoplasia. It is not a cancer but it could develop into a cancer. Therefore, it is crucial to find abnormal cells early and treat it well so the forming of cancer cells could be prevented..
Cancer of the Vulva, Symptoms and Treatments
Symptoms of VIN that could grow into cancer are including lasting itch, pain, soreness, lump in the vulva, dark patches in the skin of vulva, open sore in the skin, mole in the vulva that changes color, shape, or size, vaginal discharge, abnormal bleeding, and burning pain when pass urine. Anytime you experience the symptoms, it is suggested to consult with physician. Although it may a kind of infection, you need to get treatment immediately because it may develop into something more serious such as cancer of the vulva. When you get cancer, it would be so much harder to treat it.
If your condition is VIN, doctor may recommend you to take some treatment such as topical treatment with cream or laser treatment. Doctor will follow you up closely during the treatment because there is chance you have cancer. If it found that you have cancer, the treatment should be comprehensive. The most common treatment for cancer of the vulva is surgery with wide local excision when the surgeon will take the affected area and some healthy tissue around it. For higher stage, the treatment may a combination of drugs, radiation, and surgery.