Vulvar Cancer | Overview

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What is vulvar cancer?

The vulva is the skin and fatty tissue between the upper thighs of women, from the area of the anus to about an inch below the pubic hairline. Cancer of the vulva most often affects the two skin folds (or lips) around the vagina, known as the labia.

Vulvar cancer is not very common. However, it is very serious because it can affect a woman's sexual functioning. It can make sex painful and difficult. If found early, vulvar cancer has a high cure rate and the treatment options involve less surgery.

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Vulvar Cancer by TP Canavan, D Cohen (American Family Physician October 01, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20021001/1269.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 04/03

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