Vulvar cancer is uncommon and usually seen in older women. It occurs on the outer skin surface of the genital area. The average age at time of diagnosis is 70; less than 20% of women are younger than 50 years of age. It can be seen in women who have a history of abnormal PAP tests and can be associated with HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Additionally, women with a history of lichen sclerosis, a chronic inflammatory condition of the vulva, are at increased risk of developing vulvar cancer. Identifying and treating pre-cancerous lesions of the lower genital tract – cervix, vagina and vulva is an effective measure to decrease the chance of developing vulvar cancer.
Assessment of a patient with suspected vulvar cancer may include
Treatment options depend on the type and stage of cancer, as well as the patient’s overall health status. Using state-of the art technology, our surgeons can perform surgery with specific lymph node assessment. Radiation with chemotherapy or chemotherapy alone may be used to treat vulvar cancer.