Getting diagnosed with vulval cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP. They might examine your vulval area and feel for any enlarged nodes in the groin Open a glossary item

Your GP might then refer you to a specialist to have some tests to diagnose vulval cancer. These include a vulval examination and taking a sample of tissue. This is a biopsy.   

Seeing your GP when you have symptoms of vulval cancer

Your GP will ask about your general health and any symptoms you might have. They may also examine you to look for any changes or lumps in the vulval area. 

Referral to a vulval cancer specialist

There are guidelines for GPs to help them decide who needs to be referred to a vulval cancer specialist.

Screening for vulval cancer

There is no national screening programme in the UK for vulval cancer. Find out more about this.

Tests for vulval cancer

You have a number of tests to find out if you have vulval cancer. These include a vulval examination and a biopsy. 

Last reviewed: 
15 Nov 2022
Next review due: 
15 Nov 2025
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