What is vulval cancer?

Vulval cancer is when abnormal cells in the vulva start to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way.


You may have some symptoms of vulval cancer. Read about these symptoms.

Risks and causes

We don’t know what causes most vulval cancers. But there are some factors that may increase your risk of developing it.


The likely outcome when you have cancer depends on how advanced it is when it is diagnosed. Here you can find general statistics about survival for vulval cancer. 

Getting diagnosed

Read about what happens when you get diagnosed with vulval cancer, including seeing your GP, when you see a specialist and tests you may have.

Stages, types and grades

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is, and the grade tells you how fast it might grow. 


Your treatment depends on where your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. 

Living with vulval cancer

It is important for you to have access to emotional support and information when coping with vulval cancer.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research looking at cancer of the vulva.

Last reviewed: 
14 Jun 2019
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