- Posted by jdavis on August 31, 2011
You can have vulvar cancer without having any symptoms, but some possible, common symptoms of vulvar cancer are:
- Vulvar itching that does not improve.
- A change in skin color around the vulva. Your skin may become more red, lighter, or darker in color than the surrounding skin.
- A change in the feel of your skin around the vulva. Your skin may feel thicker, scalier, rougher, or bumpier than surrounding skin.
- Wartlike bump or bumps, cauliflowerlike growths, or ulcers or sores on the vulva or clitoral area.
- Pain when urinating.
- Burning or bleeding and discharge not related to your menstrual cycle.
- Enlarged glands in your groin.
One type of vulvar cancer, melanoma of the vulva, has different symptoms. These are some of the possible signs of vulvar melanoma.
- A new mole on the vulva or a change in a mole that has been present for years.
- An abnormal mole. It may be asymmetrical, meaning one half doesn’t match the other. The mole may have an irregular or lacy border, meaning the edges are ragged, or it may also be irregular in color. A mole that is wider than 1/4 inch may be of concern as well.
These symptoms may be signs of other problems, including noncancerous changes. See your doctor to know for sure.