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Symptoms of vulval cancer

Women discussing vulval cancer

This page is about the symptoms of vulval cancer. 

They can include

  • A lasting itch
  • Pain or soreness
  • Thickened, raised, red, white or dark patches on the skin of the vulva
  • An open sore or growth visible on the skin
  • Burning pain when you pass urine
  • Vaginal discharge or bleeding
  • A mole on the vulva that changes shape or colour
  • A lump or swelling in the vulva
  • A lump in the groin

All these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, such as infection. But if you have any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor. They can examine your vulva.

If you have an infection, it is important to get treatment. And if it should turn out to be something more serious, it is even more important to get treatment.

If you think you keep getting thrush, don't just keep treating yourself with over the counter creams, such as Canesten. It is worth going to the GP for a check up - just to make sure that thrush is the root cause of your discomfort. The itching could be a sign that you are developing vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN).

More information

The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely the treatment is to be successful. So it is important that you go to your GP as soon as possible if you notice worrying symptoms.

Read more about  VIN.

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Updated: 21 January 2016