To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer of the vulva, we can provide the information you need, from understanding the cancer itself, to choosing the right treatment, to finding support.
Cancer of the vulva is also known as vulval cancer or vulvar cancer.
The vulva is the area of skin between a woman’s legs. It refers to the external sex organs in women. It is made up of:
When cancer develops in the vulva, the cells change and grow in an abnormal way. A group of these cancer cells can form a malignant tumour. Cancer of the vulva is also known as vulval or vulvar cancer. It can occur in any of the female external sex organs. The most common areas are the outer lips (labia majora) and inner lips (labia minora). It occurs less commonly in the clitoris. Vulval cancer does not form quickly. Usually there is a gradual change in the cells over time. There are also different types of vulval cancer, some of which are very rare.
Cancer of the vulva is very rare. In Ireland, about 39 women are diagnosed with it each year. It usually affects women aged 55 to 75.
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