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Vulvar cancer develops in the vulva, which is the outer part of the female reproductive system. It is a rare cancer that can be effectively treated if caught early. It is usually detected by routine examination and confirmed through a tissue sample or biopsy.

Vulvar cancer: What you need to know?

  • Most women with vulvar cancer experience genital itching or note a lump or a wart-like growth that prompts them to see a physician.
  • If a pelvic exam reveals anything unusual, your physician may need to perform a biopsy of the vulvar tissue for a diagnosis of cancer.
  • Imaging scans may also be done to ensure that the cancer has not spread.
  • Treatment of vulvar cancer generally involves surgery to remove the cancer. The extent of the surgery will vary based on the spread and stage of the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be recommended following surgery, especially for advanced cancers.

Why choose UF Health Jacksonville?

UF Health Gynecologic Oncology in Jacksonville provides diagnostic and patient care services for women with cancers occurring in the female reproductive organs. Our University of Florida gynecologic and medical oncologists are part of a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists at the UF Health Cancer Center.

If you are diagnosed with vulvar cancer, our specialists will work together to offer the latest, most comprehensive cancer care with one goal in mind — to provide you with the best possible outcomes.

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The UF Health Jacksonville cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

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