What is vulvar cancer?
The vulva is the outer surface of a woman’s genitals. It’s located at the opening of the vagina (the birth canal). Normally, cells in the body will grow and divide to replace old or damaged cells. This growth is usually precise. Once enough cells are produced to replace the old ones, normal cells stop dividing. Tumors occur when there is an error and cells continue to grow uncontrollably. Vulvar cancer is cancerous cell growth that begins on the outer skin of a woman’s genitals.
Vulvar cancer is rare and can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Successful treatment depends on age, stage and location of cancer, and other factors.