Vulval cancer tends to occur in older women but is increasing in younger women. It most commonly causes a chronic itch, but various growths or ulcers of various colours that persist might also be present. These are usually found on the labia majora or labia minora. If you have discomfort or itch on the vulva or an ulcer on an irregular area that you are worried about, make an appointment to see a Doctor in your general practice or your local Sexual Health and reproductive Service clinic. To make an appointment call: 0300 303 0251 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.)
Vaginal cancer is mostly found in women in their 60s, although, again, it is rare even in this group. However, it may also be found in teenage women whose mothers used the drug Diethylstilboestrol (des) early in pregnancy to avoid miscarriage (this drug is no longer in use). Symptoms include abnormal bleeding or discharge.