Infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common cause of vulvar cancer in young patients. Vulvar cancer in older women is associated with a chronic vulvar irritation from any source. Smoking cigarettes increases the risk for vulvar cancer. Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This sexually transmitted virus weakens the immune system, which may make you more susceptible to HPV infections, thereby increasing your risk of vulvar cancer.
Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.
The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.
As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.