Is vulvar cancer a slow growing cancer?
A relatively rare and slow-growing malignancy, vulvar cancer develops in the outer surface of the female genitalia (vulva). The vulva includes the vaginal opening, labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), Bartholin’s glands and clitoris. Most often, the cancer affects the labia.
How long does it take for vulvar cancer to develop?
It takes several years for noticeable symptoms to develop. Vulvar melanoma accounts for about 5 percent of all vulvar cancers. A melanoma presents as a dark patch of discoloration. There is a high risk of this type of cancer spreading to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis.
Can you feel vulvar cancer?
Invasive squamous cell cancer of the vulva
A bump or lump, which could be red, pink, or white and could have a wart-like or raw surface or feel rough or thick. Thickening of the skin of the vulva. Itching. Pain or burning.
Does vulvar cancer make you feel sick?
Common side effects experienced after chemotherapy for vulvar cancer include feeling sick (nausea), tiredness (fatigue), and a reduced resistance to infections. Chemotherapy for vulvar cancer may also increase any skin soreness caused by radiation therapy.
What happens if you don’t treat vulvar cancer?
Untreated, vulvar cancer can eventually invade the vagina, the urethra, or the anus and spread into lymph nodes in the pelvis and abdomen and into the bloodstream.
Is vulvar a terminal cancer?
Around 80 out of every 100 women with stage 1 vulval cancer (around 80%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed. Around 50 out of every 100 women with stage 2 vulval cancer (around 50%) will survive for 5 years or more.
What are the warning signs of vulvar cancer?
Vulvar Cancer Symptoms
- Constant itching.
- Changes in the color and the way the vulva looks.
- Bleeding or discharge not related to menstruation.
- Severe burning, itching or pain.
- An open sore that lasts for more than a month.
- Skin of the vulva looks white and feels rough.
What does a vulvar cyst look like?
Bartholin cysts will look like round bumps under the skin on the lips of your vagina (labia). They’re often painless. Some may become red, tender and swollen if an infection occurs. Other Bartholin cysts may look like they are filled with pus or fluid.
Can Pap test detect vulvar cancer?
The Pap test does not screen for vaginal or vulvar cancers. Since there is no simple and reliable way to screen for any gynecologic cancers except cervical cancer, it is especially important to recognize warning signs, and learn what you can do to reduce your risk.
What does a vulvar ulcer look like?
Vulvar ulcers might start out looking like bumps or a rash. Or, the sores might appear as breaks in your skin that expose tissue. Symptoms of vulvar ulcers vary, but may include: pain or discomfort.