Can A Teen Develop Vulva Cancer?

Published: January 13, 2014
Dear Can A Teen Develop Vulva Cancer?,

Is it possible for a teen to develop vulva cancer?, what are the symptoms?


Dear Can A Teen Develop Vulva Cancer?,

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that occurs on the outer surface area of the female genitalia. The vulva is the area of skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina, including the clitoris and labia.”

While it possible for a teenager to get vulvar cancer it is very rare. Vulvar cancer most often occurs in older women.

According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of vulvar cancer may include:

  • Itching that doesn't go away
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Bleeding that isn't from menstruation
  • Skin changes, such as color changes or thickening
  • A lump, wart-like bumps or an open sore (ulcer)

 

TeenHealthFX would like to stress that there are other things that can cause these types of symptoms, so if you are experiencing any of the above please do not jump to the conclusion that you have some type of cancer. For one thing, as stated above, vulvar cancer is most often diagnosed in older women. Second, there are many other reasons a woman might experience some of the symptoms listed above that have nothing to do with cancer or any other kind of serious medical issue.

If you have any questions or concerns about something going on with you medically, the best thing to do would be to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, an adolescent medicine specialist or a gynecologist so you can be evaluated and properly diagnosed. That way you can put any fears to rest and you can get whatever treatment or help you may need.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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