Vulva Cancer

Vulva cancer (also called vulval) has just over 1,000 diagnosed cases in the UK each year and is one of the rarer cancers.

What is cancer of the vulva?
The vulva describes a woman’s external genitals. It includes the soft tissue (lips) surrounding the vagina (labia minora and labia majora), the clitoris (sexual organ that when stimulated can achieve sexual climax), and the Bartholin’s glands, two small glands each side of the vagina that secrete fluid to enhance lubrication.

Around 80% of vulval cancers are diagnosed in women over 60; however, we are increasingly seeing more and more women being diagnosed at a younger age.

In our tools section there is more information and links to organisations that can provide help and support for this cancer. If you have any concern always consult your healthcare professional.