Find out about screening for vulval cancer including what it is and if you'll have it.
Talk to your GP if you think you are at higher than average risk of vulval cancer.
What screening is
Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
- must be reliable at picking up the illness
- must be simple and quick
- overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
No screening available
There is no national screening programme because:
- this condition is very rare, so many people would have unnecessary tests
- the benefits don't outweigh the costs
There is no screening programme for vulval cancer. But when you have a cervical screening test (smear test), the nurse or doctor should routinely examine your vulva. They may be able to see signs of abnormal cells.
Some doctors recommend that you look at your own vulva regularly to look for any changes to the skin.