Self-Check for Symptoms of Vulval Cancer with Clare Baumhauer

Vulvar cancer can occur in any part of the female external sex organs. The vulva is the area of skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina, including the clitoris and labia. Vulval cancer is a rare cancer, with around 1,300 diagnosed each year in the U.K and 6,100 in the U.S. It is more common in older women; however as young as 20 have been diagnosed. 
Nyssa spoke to Clare Baumhauer of Vulval Cancer UK Awareness about the symptoms to look out for as part of a regular self-check practice*. So grab your VieVision Between Legs Mirror and play an active role in your health. By knowing what is typical for you, you can be better prepared to raise concerns to your doctor. 
*Self-check at home doesn't not replace your regular visits with your OB-GYN. If you have concerns about your vulval health, please consult your doctor. 
Possible symptoms around the vulva are:
•Pain and soreness 
•Thickened raised red, white or dark patches on the skin
•Open sore/ulcer or growth 
•A mole that changes colour or shape 
•A lump 
Other symptoms could include:
•Discharge or bleeding not related to your period 
•A lump or swelling in groin 
•Burning pain when passing urine 
You don’t have to have all the symptoms. You should check your vulva once a month with a mirror to get to know what’s normal for you. All vulvas are different.
These symptoms can be caused by other conditions such as a infection but you should see your doctor so they can refer you for tests or referred to a vulval specialist.