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.

Spotlight

After surviving cancer, women look for a community of support and guidance. In a video produced by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, survivors share how they live and thrive after endometrial cancer. As described by one survivor, “You can get better.”  

Awareness

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.  After creating the month in 1999, the Foundation strives to bring attention about these cancers through public awareness campaigns.

Research

The Foundation is proud to offer various Research Grants and Awards. Click here for more information.

Education

FREE Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Courses throughout the country. For more information, click here.