​​ReKindle Hope for Vulvar Cancer

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


  • ​- persistent itching (most common complaint)
  • ​- cuts or sores that do not heal
  • - unexplained pain or tenderness
  • ​- unexplained burning on urination
  • - unexplained discharge with or without odor
  • - bleeding not related to menstruation
  • ​- thickening or any texture /color changes 
  • ​- any lumps or bumps or cysts


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.





Vulva

is the external female genitalia --- includes

the opening (vaginal orifice)

of the vaginal canal and 

the opening (urethral meatus)

​of the urethra (urine passageway)

LOOK

FEEL

​PALPATE

www.hopeforvulvarcancer.org

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:

  • - become familiar with their own vulva
  • - then, know the signs and symptoms of vulvar cancer ​
  • ​- seek medical attention if any sign/symptom is noted
  • ​- insist on ruling out cancer, not just symptom relief



Early detection =

Early intervention

​             Suzanne Lee Prince Foundation