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Conditions We Treat: Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar cancer is a very rare cancer that develops on the external portion of the female genital organs. It may form slowly over many years, and the majority of women who develop the disease are over 50. Common symptoms of vulvar cancer include constant itching, burning and changes in the appearance of the vulva.  

Vulvar Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • In the U.S., close to 5,000 women are diagnosed with vulvar cancer each year.
  • Risk factors that may increase a woman’s chances of developing vulvar cancer include age, smoking and HIV infection.
  • A doctor diagnoses vulvar cancer by performing a biopsy — removing a small piece of vulvar tissue for examination in a lab.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of vulvar cancer?

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Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to treat vulvar cancer.

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Our Surgical Expertise

Our expertise in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery means our patients have faster recovery times, fewer complications and less pain.

Watch this video to learn more about minimally invasive surgery at Johns Hopkins.

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Our Patient Care

We believe in treating the whole patient — body, mind and spirit. “We are by your side every step of the way — whether you are just beginning treatment or have completed treatment and are undergoing survivorship care.” – Amanda Fader, M.D.

As part of your care, we offer a range of counseling and support services for you and your family.