Vulvar Cancer: Symptoms

Vulvar Cancer

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Symptoms

Vulvar cancers can cause several symptoms; however, some of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. Unfortunately, in its earliest stages, for the first few years, vulvar cancer may not cause any noticeable symptoms at all. It is important for a woman to pay attention to her own body, know what is normal and what is not, and see a doctor about symptoms that are new and not typical.

  • Itching or burning on the vulva, especially if the itching or burning continues over a period of time and does not go away.
  • Bleeding that is not related to menstruation.
  • Changes in the color of the skin of the labia, causing it to become more red or more pale than is normal
  • Changes in the surface of the skin of the labia, such as the development of a rash, warts, a sore or a thickening of the skin.
  • A lump or tender area on the vulva.
  • Pelvic pain, especially during urination or while having sex.