What is Vulvar cancer?
Vulvar cancer is a malignant, invasive growth in the vulva, or the outer portion of the female genitals. The disease accounts for only 0. 6% of cancer diagnoses but 5% of gynecologic cancers in the United States. The labia majora are the most common site involved representing about 50% of all cases, followed by the labia minora. The clitoris and Bartholin glands may rarely be involved.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014, there were about 4, 850 new cases of vulvar cancer and 1, 030 deaths from the disease. In the United States, five-year survival rates for vulvar cancer are around 70%.