Risk Factors

The three most important risk factors for developing vulvar cancer include skin condition (lichen sclerosis), the human papillomavirus (HPV) and smoking.

Infection with HPV is a common cause of vulvar cancer in young patients. Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens the immune system, which may make you more susceptible to HPV infections, thereby increasing your risk of vulvar cancer.

Vulvar cancer in older women is associated with a chronic vulvar irritation from any source.

Awareness

Read this NY Times piece featuring Nt’l Race Host Committee member Megan Neforos: click here

Research

The 2015-2016 Research Grants and Awards will be announced in Summer, 2015. For more information, click here.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course is Sept. 12 in Duarte, Calif. For more information, click here.