Understanding vulva cancer

Find out more about the vulva and different types of vulval cancer.

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General information What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. They keep dividing to make more abnormal cells which form a lump or tumour.

Vulva cancer The vulva and lymphatic system

The vulva is the area of skin between a woman’s legs. There are lymph nodes in the groin (the area at the top of your legs) which are close to the vulva.

Vulva cancer Types of vulval cancer

Cancer of the vulva is rare. There are different types of vulval cancer. The most common is called squamous cell carcinoma.

General information Why do cancers come back?

Sometimes, cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. Over time, these cells can form a new tumour and the cancer comes back.