Typically, when I first share with someone that I have cancer of the vulva, the first response is: What? Does that exist? This question is quickly followed up with: Wait, what exactly is the vulva?
Matthew Baumhauer speaks openly and honestly about his wife, Clare's, diagnosis of vulval cancer, and how the ordeal has affected them both. Clare and Matthew are passionate ambassadors for increasing awareness into vulval cancer and its signs and symptoms.
Most malignancies are associated with the skin of the labia. Malignancies arising from the clitoris and vestibular glands are extremely rare.
Protection from infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), including HPV vaccination, reduces the risk of vulvar cancer.
“Vulvar cancer occurs in a sensitive area and is rare, so you don’t have as big a community of cancer survivors,” said Diane Yamada, MD...
Vulval cancer is a type of skin cancer. You can get different types of skin cancer on your vulva, including squamous cell cancer (the most common), melanoma, adenocarcinomas, verrucous cancers and sarcomas.
For years, Clare Baumhauer's painful symptoms were written off by GPs. Then she was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus—a little-known condition that, for a small number of women, can cause vulva cancer.
This website has been created to help sufferers of Lichen Sclerosus and those who believe they may have it. We are also hoping this website will help us to raise awareness for this condition.
It can start in any part of the female external sex organs. It most often affects the inner edges of the outer lips (labia majora) or the outer lips (labia minora).
Most vulval cancers do not form quickly.
Learn about the risk factors for vulvar cancer and what you might be able to do to help lower your risk.
About 80% of vulvar cancers involve the labia, mainly the labia majora (~50%). About ten percent involve the clitoris, and another 10% involve the perineum,
Vaginal and vulvar cancers are very rare. While all women are at risk for these cancers, very few will get them. Together, they account for about 8% of all gynecologic cancers diagnosed in the U.S.
Diagnosis is usually made in the sixth through eighth decades of life and is commonly identified at an early stage of the disease. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) accounts for most vulvar cancers, while basal cell carcinoma (BCC), extramammary Paget disease, and vulvar melanoma comprise the less common subtypes.