Vulval cancerDiagnosis

See your GP if you notice any changes in the normal appearance of your vulva.

overview

Vulval cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the vulva, the outside parts of the female genitals.

symptoms

Vulval cancer can cause itchiness, pain and changes in the appearance of your vulva.

causes

It's not clear exactly what causes vulval cancer. It's been linked to things like getting older, smoking and skin conditions affecting the vulva.

treatments_overview

Surgery is the main treatment for vulval cancer. Other treatments include radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

prevention

It's not possible to completely prevent vulval cancer. But using a condom during sex, attending cervical screening checks and not smoking can help.

Page last reviewed: 22/04/2018
Next review due: 22/04/2021