Vulvar cancer

Vulvar cancer is a malignant tumor of the vaginal lips. This cancer type is most common in women over the age of 60 but also occurs in patients younger than that. Approximately 200 people are diagnosed with this cancer type in the Netherlands every year.

Find out more about the causes and symptoms, and the most commonly used diagnostic tests and treatment types for vulvar cancer on this page.

Causes and symptoms vulvar cancer

The benign chronic skin disease lichen sclerosus, and the skin condition VIN, caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), can be factors in the development of vulvar cancer.

Symptoms of vulva cancer include:

  • swellings;
  • pain;
  • itching;
  • blood loss;
  • a burning sensation when peeing.


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rapid diagnostics

You can usually get rapid diagnostics within eight days

Treatment options vulvar cancer

Your exact treatment options will depend on the tumor type and stage. Your overall health and shape will also affect your options. We will inform you about the process beforehand, and you will have plenty of time to ask questions. Your treatment will most likely consist of one or more of the following treatments:

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