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 symptoms of vulval cancer 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 passing urine
  • tenderness or pain in the area of the vulva
  • a sore or ulcerated area on the vulva
  • a mole on the vulva that changes shape or colour
  • a lump in the groin.

All of these symptoms can happen with conditions other than cancer, 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.

Vulval cancer is easier to treat and cure if it is diagnosed at an early stage.