The vulva is covered with skin tissue - the common cases of vulvar cancer are skin related. Approximately 80% of vulvar cancer occur in the labia with around 50% in labia majora (outer lips) but, cancer can occur in any area including the Bartholin Glands - pair of glands that secrete mucus for lubrication & located beside the vaginal orifice.
signs & symptoms
One of the challenges Suzanne dealt with was the stigma attached to the term "vulva".
It complicated her daily social interactions with everybody...because "it is not socially acceptable to talk about the genitalia!"
Indeed, many are unaware of the term vulva...often mistaken for vagina.
is the external female genitalia --- includes
the opening (vaginal orifice)
of the vaginal canal and
the opening (urethral meatus)
of the urethra (urine passageway)
There are no screening methods for vulvar cancer.
SLPF advocates self-examination of the vulva at least 1x a month
in addition to breast self - exams and yearly physical examinations.
To start, each woman must:
Early detection =