The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Leeds Cancer Centre

Vulval cancer


Cancer of the vulva affects less than 1200 women every year in the UK and mainly affects women who are over the age of 60 but can also affect younger women. 

Symptoms of vulval cancer include:

  • vulval lump
  • persistent itch in the vulva
  • bleeding from the vulva or passing blood stained discharge
  • pain and discomfort in your vulva
  • pain when passing urine
  • a mole on your vulva that changes shape or colour
  • raised and thickened patches of skin that can be red, white or black

Surgery is the main treatment for cancer of the vulva. Many women are cured of their cancer with surgery. It may be used alone or in a combination with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Treatment will depend on factors such as the size and type of cancer and general health.

You can read more information in the leaflet: Vulval Surgery