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Vulva cancer is a type of cancer that is found in the external portion of the genitals of a female. This cancer is rare and typically occurs in elderly women. The vulva consists of the labia, the clitoris, the perineum (the area between the anus and the vagina), and the opening of the vagina. Vulva cancer can affect any part of the female genitals; however it usually affects the labia. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of vulva cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Roughly seventy percent of all cases of vulva cancer affect the labia, fifteen to twenty percent affect the clitoris, and fifteen to twenty percent affect the perineum. In another five percent of cases, the cancer is found in more than one area, and ten percent of cases cannot determine the original location of the cancer. Vulva cancer can spread to nearby locations such as the urethra, the anus, and the vagina.

Most types of vulva cancer are known as squamous cell carcinomas. Squamous cells are the main type of cell in the skin. These carcinomas often start at the edges of the labia or in the area that is around the vagina. This type of cancer is typically slow growing and can start off as a precancerous form that is known dysplasia, or as vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN). This simply means precancerous cells are present in the skins layers.

There less common forms of vulva cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, adenocarcinomas, and melanoma, tumors of the connective tissues, and Pagetís disease of the vulva. Basal cell carcinoma is most commonly found in areas of the body that are exposed to the sun, so it is somewhat rare on the vulva. Adenocarcinomas form from the glands, such as those found near the opening of the vagina that produce lubricating mucus fluids. Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the cells that produce pigmentation in the skin. This can occur anywhere in the body, including the vulva. Melanoma is the second most common form of vulva cancer and makes up about five to ten percent of all cases.

As previously stated, vulva cancer affects older women over the age of fifty, with the average age at the time of diagnosis being sixty five to seventy. Aside from age, other risk factors include: chronic vulva or vaginal inflammations, cervical cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and having had multiple sexual partners.

Symptoms

Vulva cancer is relatively slow growing and can be present for several years before there are any noticeable symptoms. When symptoms do present, they may include itching, soreness, swelling, growths, burning, pain, bleeding or blood tinged discharge, a mole that changes shape or color, thick raised red, white, or dark patches of skin, burning during urination, and a lump. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of vulva cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Since the early symptoms of vulva cancer are often subtle they are commonly dismissed as much less serious conditions, and may be ignored completely. If this has happened, medical negligence may have occurred and you may need the advice of a medical negligence attorney. A proper diagnosis should also include a complete physical examination, x-rays, blood tests, and a general check of the vulva by using a magnifier. An internal examination of the cervix with a speculum may also be required. The doctor will most likely request a biopsy of the area and collect tissue samples to be sent off for microscopic examination at a laboratory. Follow up tests such as a computerized tomography scan (also known as a CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging scan (also known as an MRI), a positron emission tomography scan (also known as a PET scan), or an examination under anesthesia (also known as an EUA) to check for cancer in the lymph nodes may be ordered. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of vulva cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Vulva Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you or someone you know has suffered because of a vulva cancer misdiagnosis, do not wait to seek legal help. Our team of medical negligence solicitors is here to help you and has a wide variety of resources at their disposal. All of our cases are taken on a no win no fee basis. Once your claim settles you will receive your compensation in full. Do not wait to seek the justice you deserve. Please call, email, or use the contact form on this website to contact us today. Your case will be reviewed for free, with no further obligation.


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