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.


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