Symptoms of vulval cancer
Vulval cancer symptoms can happen with conditions other than cancer. But it is important to get checked by your GP if you think you have any symptoms.
The most common vulval cancer symptoms are:
- itching, burning or soreness of the vulva that does not go away
- a lump, swelling or wart-like growth on the vulva
- thickened, raised, red, white or dark patches on the skin of the vulva
- bleeding, or a blood-stained vaginal discharge, that is not related to periods
- burning pain when peeing (passing urine)
- vulval tenderness or pain
- a sore or ulcerated area on the vulva
- a mole on the vulva that changes shape or colour
- a lump in the groin.
Many people find it embarrassing talking about symptoms like these. But it is always important to get them checked by your GP.
Vulval cancer can take many years to develop. It usually starts with pre-cancerous cells that change slowly over several years into cancerous cells. As with other cancers, vulval cancer is easier to treat and cure if it is diagnosed early.
We understand that showing any symptoms of what could be cancer is worrying. The most important thing is to speak to your GP as soon as possible. We're also here if you need someone to talk to. You can: