Symptoms of vulval cancer 

The most common initial symptoms of vulval cancer are a persistent itch in the vulva and a lump, swelling or mass in the vulva. In most cases this will be on or near one of your labia.

Other symptoms of vulval cancer include:

  • raised and thickened patches of skin that can be red, white or black
  • bleeding from your vulva or releasing a blood-stained discharge between periods
  • a mole on the vulva that changes shape or colour
  • pain and discomfort in your vulva
  • a burning pain when you pass urine

When to seek medical advice

Contact your GP if you experience any of the symptoms listed above.

While it is highly unlikely to be the result of vulval cancer, these types of symptoms should be investigated further.

Page last reviewed: 04/06/2013

Next review due: 04/06/2015