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My Mother's Fight with Vulvar Cancer

Updated on October 12, 2014

What All Women Should Know - But Probably Don't

I created this lens a little over a month after I lost my mother to Vulvar Cancer. She had been having various gynecological symptoms, but put off going to the doctor due to other health issues she was having. When she finally went she was quickly diagnosed with Stage III cancer.

My first thought upon hearing the news was "What the heck is Vulvar Cancer!? It was not a cancer I had heard anything about, and I soon discovered I was not the only one in the dark about this disease.

If I knew then what I know now it is possible that my mother might still be alive. At the very least I think her quality of life toward the end might have been improved. Unfortunately, although her doctors were able to completely kill all the localized cancer, it had already metastasized and moved into her lymph nodes, lungs and bones. She died just about a month after we received the news that the cancer had spread.

I built this lens as a sort of tribute to my mother. I can't think of anything she would like better than to know that other women learned from her experience and might live longer happy and productive lives because of it.

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons) - One of my mother's favorite flowers - the African Violet

Vulvar Cancer accounts for approximately 4% of all gynecological cancers.

What Kind Of Cancer?

Many Women Have Never Heard Of This Disease

As its name implies, this disease occurs in the vulva - the area of skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina. This area includes the labia and the clitoris.

The first sign of this cancer is usually a lump or sore in the vulva, often found in the area between the labia and the anus. This lump/sore generally starts out as an "itchy" area, becoming painful over time.

The Initial Symptoms

If You Experience Any Of These - See Your Doctor!

The usual symptoms include any one or combination of the following:

* Itching that doesn't go away

* Pain and tenderness in the vulva

* Bleeding that isn't from menstruation

* Color changes to or thickening of the skin in the vulva

* A lump, wart-like bumps or an open sore

My mother was experiencing all these symptoms prior to being strongly encouraged by the family to visit her doctor, but women should treat any one of these symptoms as a sign of a possibly fatal disease and get themselves examined by a doctor immediately.

Staging Your Cancer

How To Know If It Has Spread

If you have been diagnosed with this cancer, the first thing you need to know is the extent to which it has spread throughout your body. Is it still very localized? Your doctor should conduct a number of different types of examinations to determine the size and extent of your cancer. This determination is called "staging."

At a minimum, your doctor should perform the following:

* Physical examination of your pelvic region

* Order imaging tests of not only the vulvar area, but also images of your chest and/or abdomen to better be able to determine if the cancer has spread. At the very least these tests should include x-rays, MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), and CT (computerized topography) scans.

* PET scan. This test is often not performed because many insurers and/or medicare will not pay for the exam or require extensive examinations and paperwork submissions. My advice to you is work your doctor to get a PET scan! This is really the best test you can have, as it will show any signs of active cancer anywhere in your body. My mother's doctors did NOT perform a PET scan prior to beginning treatment. Had they done so, they would have found that the cancer had already metastasized to other parts of her body.

There Are Five Stages

Make Sure You Know Your Cancer Stage!

Stage I - indicates that there is a small tumor that is confined to the vulva or the area of skin between your vaginal opening and anus (perineum). The cancer has not yet spread to other areas of your body.

Stage II - indicates that there are cancerous tumors that have grown to include nearby parts of the body, such as the lower portions of the urethra, vagina and anus.

Stage III - indicates that the disease has spread to lymph nodes

Stage IVA - indicates that the cancer has spread not only to the lymph nodes but to other parts of the body, including but not restricted to the upper portions of the urethra or vagina, or that has spread to the bladder, rectum or pelvic bone.

Stage IVB - indicates that the cancer has spread to distant parts of your body.

Although my mother's cancer was originally staged at level 3, the doctors felt that they could control and/or eradicate the cancer via localized treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy and possibly a surgical follow-up. Had a PET scan been performed it is likely that the doctors would have staged her cancer at Level IVB.

A later PET scan, recommended by the radiologist and demanded by my father, showed that my mother's cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, lungs and bones - likely before treatment even began.

Initial Treatment Types

Radiation & Chemotherapy

Radiation and Chemotherapy are likely to be the doctor's first line of treatment.

Radiation therapy - A high-powered beam of energy (such as X-rays) are used to kill the cancer cells. In the case of vulvar cancer a treatment called "external beam radiation" is used. In this treatment a machine directs the radiation to very precise areas on affected area (skin). If the existing tumor is quite large, radiation will generally be used to shrink the cancer to make any future surgical removal succesfu.

Chemotherapy - involves treatment with chemicals, usually intravenously but sometimes by mouth, that are known to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is often combined with radiation, as the drugs used often make the cells more vulnerable to the radiation.

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Radical Treatment For Advanced Stages

There Are Many Types Of Sugery

If the cancer is diagnosed while it is still quite small and localized, a surgeon may be able to remove the entire area of cancer along with a small small margin of normal tissue. The removal of some of the surrounding normal tissue helps ensure that all of the cancer cells have been removed.

If the cancer is larger, a partial vulvectomy may be required. In this procedure a portion of the vulva and its underlying tissues are removed. In some cases a radical vulvectomy may be required. In these circumstances, the surgeon needs to remove the entire vulva, including the clitoris and any underlying tissue.

In the most extreme cases, when very large areas of the vulva contain cancer cells, the surgeon may need to perform a pelvic exenteration. In this circumstance, all of the vulva and the involved organs will be removed. Involved organs may include the lower colon, rectum, bladder, cervix, uterus, vagina, ovaries and nearby lymph nodes.

In addition to removal of malignant areas of the vulva, surgery may also be required to remove nearby lymph nodes to prevent the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body.

The Two Cancer Types

Treatment Depends On Type

There are two types - Vulvar Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Vulvar Melanoma. The type of cell in which the cancer develops determines what type of cancer a woman has.

This is an important piece of information as it helps the doctor develop an appropriate plan of treatment.

Vulvar squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type. It starts on the surface of the vulva. .

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Vulvar melanoma begins in the pigment-producing cells found in the skin of the vulva.

Risk Factors

Are You At Risk?

The exact cause of this cancer is currently unknown, but the following factors have been scientifically shown to increase your risk of developing the disease:

Increasing age

Although vulvar cancer can occur at any age, the risk increases with age. Currently, the average age at diagnosis is 65.

Exposure to HPV

Scientists have determined that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) increases the risk of several cancers, including this one. This is another good reason to discuss vaccination for HPV for your teen-aged daughters or grand-daughters!

Smoking

Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of almost all cancers, including this one.

HIV Infection

Infection with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) weakens your immune system and increases your risk.

A History of Various Precancerous Conditions

These conditions include Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia and Lichen sclerosus.

Of all the risk factors noted above, my mother had only one - increasing age. She was 73 years old when her cancer was diagnosed.

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Thank You for the Purple Star!

It Really Means a Lot!

This lens was difficult for me to put together so soon after my mother's death. I did, however, want to help other women and their families by providing them with information that might save their lives or the lives of someone they love.

So - when I arose less than 12 hours after publishing this lens, you can imagine how incredible it felt to find that I had been gifted with a coveted "Purple Star." I'm so glad that the lens was considered good enough for such an award! I also find it ironic that the "Purple Star" looks much like the African Violet, the flower that was one of my mom's favorite. Thank you Squidoo community!

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      ssibille 

      8 months ago

      My Best Friend was diagnosed in march of 2014, today I sit here as I always do trying to find out as much information as I possibly can on the Cancer nobody talks about. I personally didn't even know I had a Vulva, when she called me to tell me the news she was too far down the road for any hope. she also has stage 4 terminal Inflammatory Breast Cancer. ( How I wish she would have gone a a Dr. Sooner) she says she thought it would go away. She chose to do the Palliative treatments, which actually I believe it why she is still here today. I know she won't be here but a very short time her body is shutting down and she continues to be in great pain. All Cancers are monsters but this one is visual, there are no words for me to describe and when i go to bathe her and help with her care, I pray more and more would come out and talk about this cancer. It is treatable if caught in time, please for yourself and for the sake of others be open and push that more will not keep it a secret. I am Praying for everyone and I know I am the only recent post.

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      dwnovacek 

      3 years ago

      Robyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother and am sending prayers to you and your family. One of the horrible parts of this disease is that people don't talk about it - they're somehow 'ashamed' to discuss it because of its location. And I think this is a major factor in the death rate - it's not usually caught until it's too late. Thank you so much for being brave enough to speak out and share your mother's story. Please - if anyone can help Robyn with her questions - please reply!

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      Robyn 

      3 years ago

      My mother was diagnosed with vulvar cancer several years ago & underwent radical resection. She has no female genitalia. The nodes were removed as well & she received aggressive radiation therapy. Now it's back & there's nothing more to be done. She is currently on hospice care. This disease is very private & humiliating to the patient. I only know that she has horrible erosive sores in the region that extend to the rectum & buttocks. She's in terrible pain. Now she's bleeding a lot & we aren't even sure where from. I can't seem to find any information as to what we should expect & the doctors have been evasive. In other words I don't think they know. I am an R.N. who once was a hospice nurse so I'm imagining the worst. I want to know the truth. My thoughts are that the cancer has spread into her bladder, colon & therefore her rectum & urinary tract. I believe she will hemorrhage to death which may be a blessing if it spares her the pain of lingering on. Please, if anyone knows more I want to know. I'd rather be prepared than not.

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      Aubrey1973 

      4 years ago

      I was recently diagnosed with this cancer. I was told it is rare and even rarer in my age group. I just turned 40 on Oct 19. I found out on oct 11, had my first surgery oct 15. The tumor came about in about a month and was 4.5 cm by 3.5 cm and 2.5 deep. When getting the results back they were not able to get clear margins around the tumor so a second surgery is required. The only issue is I also found out the same day that I had this cancer that I was 26 weeks pregnant. The cancer hid my symptoms. I cannot have the surgery until the baby girl I am carrying is almost full term. I was told my situation was rare and this normally is a slow growing cancer. I am scared but know I have an amazing team at MUSC at the HOLLINGS Cancer center. I do not wish this type of cancer on anyone. It is very hard to discuss and the surgery was more painful then labor. If I had waited who knows what could have happened. Please don't wait. Seek help right away if you show any symptoms. Good luck and god bless.

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      dwnovacek 

      4 years ago

      @katenraj: Thank you SO much for sharing your story with us - you've helped a lot of people by coming forward. You're awesome!

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      katenraj 

      4 years ago

      I was dx. at 47 with Stage II Vulvar Cancer. It felt like I was hit with a 4x4. I always prided myself with taking care of myself with exercise and healthy eating. My children were only 10 and 12. Radiation and Chemo were horrible. I am now a survivor and plan on educating women on this cancer. If you feel a lump, GO to the doctor. Be your own advocate. We have a vulva, we have breasts. Do not be shy. They are part of our bodies. It can safe your life. Nice part about this is that if caught early, has good prognosis. Enjoy each day for the gift it is.

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      dwnovacek 

      4 years ago

      @anonymous: Big John, I will certainly keep your friend in my prayers. Yes, it makes it more difficult that many people find this type of cancer hard to talk about. Hopefully her doctors can keep her well-medicated for the pain, and if necessary hospice workers can be found for her.

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      A Very dear friend of me & my Wife is terminal with this terrible cancer of the Vulva.

      A great Mother & Grandmother in her mid 60's,she has everything to live for.

      What is worse of course is it is not a type of cancer easily talked about to family and certainly undignified for the poor soul. She is suffering more now as it takes over the lungs and pain must be terrible.

      If you are religious please pray for her and if you are not, think of her and keep her in your mind. Lets hope a cure for all cancer will be forthcoming soon. Thank you for reading this.

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      dwnovacek 

      4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, this cancer is very aggressive and hard to deal with.Your mom is only a little older than I am, and I know that the hardest part of the illness for me would be the hardship, fear and sadness it would place on my children. Bless you both. My heart and prayers go out to you and your mom.

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      My mom has this cancer now. It is very aggressive! She had surgery, chemo, and radiation. It's been 3 years. She's only 57.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I have this cancer. Glad to see some info on it. Not a lot out there yet!

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      smoothielover lm 

      5 years ago

      One of the problems with cancers such as this, cancer if the cervix & prostate in men is that people leave it longer before speaking to their doctor about discomfort in more "personal" places. Thank you for bringing this to our attention

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It's good that you wrote about this and heightened people's awareness. I never heard of it.

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      Kay 

      5 years ago

      Personal stories like these are what, I think, is so great about Squidoo. By sharing your mother's story, I know you are going to help many other women. Thank you for that!

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      MakeACatTree 

      5 years ago

      Wow! I've never heard of this before. I'm so sorry that you had to learn about this in such a dreadful manner. I'm sure your Mother is grateful to you for sharing this. Thank you for making this potentially life saving information available for folks. Bless you!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not really known of this until now so thanks for the info.

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      dwnovacek 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Jean - Thank you so much for sharing your story here. I know how hard it has been for you, and will be adding you and your mom to my thoughts and prayers. Your mom sounds just like mine, and - interestingly enough - her name was Jean, like yours. <>

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I am going the same thing right now. My mom had a radical vulvectamy 1 year ago. She then developed a tumor in her groin. There were cancer cells in one lymph node on each side when she had the surgery. She had radiation when the tumor was discovered and the radiation burns are so bad she is in constant pain and can find no comfortable position to sit. The hole where the tumor was has never healed and continues to drain. Yesterday I was told they found a mass in her lung. When I read about you mom and you mentioned bones, I remember her complaining that all her bones ache. She is suffering terribly and it is heartbreaking to watch. I've been told that it won't be very long, but no one has officially said that. Only nurses that I know personally. My mom also waited a long time to go to the doctor when she knew something was wrong. Please, please don't ignore warning signs.

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      Magda2012 

      5 years ago

      Sorry for the loss of your mom. And thank you for sharing this information, very useful.

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      zeesh2013 

      5 years ago

      Mostly coping up with the cancer is very hard, devastating, and over whelming. On one side people are stressed out with the fear of death, anxiety, anger, guilt, helplessness and so on. On the other side there are so many different types of treatments are available, and they have to pick one of their choices or suggested by the doctor.

      Dr. Gil Lederman is the pioneer of an innovative cancer treatment called Radio surgery. It is a non-surgical procedure, use to help cure cancer. Radio surgery helps reduce radiation exposure to healthy tissues, and give a better result without any side effects.

      If you have questions about radio surgery, kindly visit

      www.rsny.org

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I've never heard of this type of cancer before but as a woman, I thank you for sharing this useful information.

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      dwnovacek 

      5 years ago

      @starro: Starro - Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! ,You're a strong, strong woman and we can certainly learn much from you. Even though they say it isn't an inherited disease, I know that I am keeping a careful watch for it. My grandmother (my mother's mother) died of endometrial cancer, so I pay special attention to any issues involving that section of my body!

      Sending you lots of healing thoughts and prayers,

      Deborah

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      starro 

      5 years ago

      My mother died from vulva cancer in 1997. She was originally told not to worry about the bumps on her private parts...so she didn't ..until it was too late. She initially had a radical bilateral vulvectomy..then excision afer excision until undergoing a total pelcic exenteration. It took her 15 horrible days to die.

      Fast forward to 2012 and I was diagnosed with vulva cancer in June. I caught mine early and believe it or not was treated by the same doctor that had operated on my Mom. He did a radical excision and said i was not my mother so no worries. I am one to get all my medical records so you can imagine how displeased I was to see he didn't get clear margins.I had Vin 3 extending to the ink line. I called him and later on that night he called ans said it was just a speck so don't lose any sleep over it. HELLO MY MOTHER DIED FROM THIS Needless to say I went to another facility and they operated again and removed 4 lymph nodes. They came back clean. I am having a hard time healing and now have lymphocysts where the nodes were removed. It's hard to get my head on straight and I know a positive attitude helps in the long run,

      Thought I'd share since it is not supposed to be heriditary,I don't smoke, don't have HPV..who knows..

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      dwnovacek 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh Kim - thank you so much for sharing your story with us so others can benefit. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I had a small red sore on the inside of the right opening of my vagina. It burned really bad when I urinated. It was bothering me so much I went to the gyno and she actually told me she could'ent really see it but that she would give me some hormone cream to apply and that should help. Well of course it did nothing at all. So I went to another gyno and she saw the sore and she also gave me some kind of cream that did nothing to help. After that I thought maybe I need to go see an oncologist gynocologist and the second she look at it she knew what it was no question about it. She didn't need a biopsy she said she had seen this hundreds of times that is was the beginning of vulvular cancer and it absolutely had to come out by doing a partial vulvectomy. She assured me that she would get it all out. After the surgery she came in and talked with me and my family and told us all she got everything and left me with clean margins. My family was so relieved, as was I and that was six years ago. I have had no problems until just recently and I am now having severe pain on top of my pelvic bone. Which is a very scary thing but I have called her again and I have an appt. in two days to see what is going on. I am hoping it is not cancer but I can only wait and see what she finds. I will be waiting on pins and needles until I know the outcome. I am so sorry about your mother but now she is in gods hands which are good hands to be in if she can't be with you.

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      vitalwonders 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing you and your Mother's story for us to learn by. I have been saying for years after a hysterectomy who needs an exam? What can go wrong - nothing is left! But I was wrong and will keep visiting my doctor once in a while. My prayers are with you and I will spread the word.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I had never heard of this particular type of cancer. Thank you for sharing your mother's journey.

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      happynutritionist 

      7 years ago

      I thought I'd come back and let you know that a while back I did a post about this on one of my blogs (Happy Nutritionist's Nuggets) and linked to this because it is so helpful...I hope it brings you some visits...this is important stuff.

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      Debbie-Dunn 

      7 years ago

      I am extremely sorry for your loss. You have done the world an incredible service by publishing this lens. I am a breast cancer survivor. I had Stage 3A breast cancer. I went through chemo, total hair loss, radiation, and a double mastectomy. I've been cancer-free for less than a year now and am very grateful about that. I am writing a book about my experience to help others and have blogged extensively about what I've learned. God bless you and your family. Thank you for providing such an incredible service.

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      Mary 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      I wrote a comment above but i wanted to say my mother was 63. she had been dealing with this cancer for about 3 years or so.

      How it has affected me is i miss her so very much that i don't even know the words i can use to tell you how much she ment to me.

      I took care of her at my home for her last year so we became so much closer and talked about every little thing in the world. Even the good, bad, and ugly in our family.

      I'm so thankful we did get that chance to our self's.

      But i still miss her and cry for her once in a while.

      So as i said before it is very hard but hang in there and God Bless you.

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      justholidays 

      7 years ago

      I'm really sorry for your mother, and thank you very much for keeping us informed about this horrible type of cancer. I've never heard of vulvar cancer but know that I know it also can be a risk, I'm going to be more careful when it comes to my health.

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      BunnyFabulous 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. Congratulations on your LOTD and I admire your strength and compassion towards others to make this lens to help others. Several of my female relatives have had cancers of/related to the reproductive organs, so it's very helpful to know about this one as well.

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      GrowWear 

      7 years ago

      My condolences in your time of sorrow. ...Had never heard of this cancer. You've made just the page to educate us all. Very informative and helpful. ...A much-deserved LOTD choice.

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      mecheil lm 

      7 years ago

      It must have been really difficult on your part to recount what happened to your mom, but you did for the sake of sharing information to others. That is a very unselfish act. You deserved your purple star. And I hope you get over the pain due to the loss of a loved one soon. Happy memories for you.

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      tehrangames1 

      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother in such a way. And i appreciate your lens and your valuable effort. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mohprice 

      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. congrats on LOTD however for such a personal article.

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      tw006e6375 

      7 years ago

      You have my complete sympathy as I and my wife have recently lost a dear friend with cancer and we also have another friend that is undergoing chemo for cancer of the liver and colon. There appears to be a lot of people who we know and a lot more that we don't know that are getting this disease and its terrible. But there is hope on the way with new treatments I just hope that their use is not far away for the patients.Tom

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      lilymom24 

      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing and think its wonderful that your lens can educate and help others. Congratulations on your LOTD and your purple star. Both are well deserved.

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      kathysart 

      7 years ago

      This is a very caring and sensitive lens. You must be an angel.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      7 years ago from PA

      I am so sorry you lost your mother to this disease. I too have lost a parent to cancer. Today would've been my dad's birthday, but he passed away almost 6 years ago. Thank you for your information lens.

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      irenemaria 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      You had a painful experience. I know. May be it helped a little bit to share with us? I made a lens about my husbands brain tumor and just knowing that others knew - was a help. I will lensroll to this from my Glioblastoma lens.

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      iamradiantrose 

      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother in such a tragic way, buy you have inspired all of us to pay attention to our bodies and look after ourselves. I applaud you for that and thank you so much for a great lens. Congrats on your LOTD and purple star. You deserve it for your courage and commitment to helping others.

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      cuteordeath 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for making this, I never knew about vulvar cancer. This knowledge could save mine or someone else's life. Thank you!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      So very sorry for the loss of your mother. You've done a great service to others by providing this information. I'm so glad you received Lens of the Day so more will read this. Blessings and congratulations!

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      RajeshJandial 

      7 years ago

      Amazing! You have taken a painful life experience to help others.......Thank you for this informative lens.

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      priscillab 

      7 years ago

      I am sorry for your loss. You are doing good by sharing your story and talking about a little known cancer. It will teach others not to ignore symptoms.

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      Purple star and LOTD are well deserved. It is an informational lens, full of great resources to educate about cancer.

      I lost my husband with cancer, so I wish... I knew more about the illness at that sad time in my life. Sorry for your loss.

      Thanks

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      happynutritionist 

      7 years ago

      First, I'm sorry that you will miss your Mom this mother's day, but what a wonderful tribute to use her experience to educate us...you are right, she would love this. I have never heard of this, and it's helpful to know as the years roll on toward older age. Congrats on your LOTD

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Sorry about your mom and congrats about your purple star. I have never heard about vulvar cancer, and I am sure I am not alone. Hopefully your page can be of help to some people

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      puzzlerpaige 

      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. You are doing a great service sharing this information (a subject I personally knew nothing of until now).

      Congrats on LOTD.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you for your generous spirit in providing potentially life-saving information. We learn so much when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious disease. I appreciate all that I have learned from your commitment to sharing this knowledge. Peace to you and your family.

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      shannonpatricia 

      7 years ago

      I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Father and Husband to cancer,my Mom to heart disease.This is the first I've heard of this type of cancer, thanks for the information.

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      Delia 

      7 years ago

      Again I am sorry for the loss of your mother ...I lost both my parents from cancer and I have had it as well...thanks for all the information here

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      Bravehistickle 

      7 years ago

      congrats for LOD!! you rock!!

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      Bravehistickle 

      7 years ago

      We are so sorry :-(. Thank you for sharing such informative story. This is really helpful to other peoples.

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      sheriangell 

      7 years ago

      So sorry for your loss. It's such a great thing that you are doing here to help others.

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      Ruthi 

      7 years ago

      A powerfully informative lens. Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry for your loss. About 1 year ago I also lost my mother to cancer (leukemia). Thank you for your very touching lens.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      So very sorry about your loss, and thanks for sharing I'm sure this information will help someone else somewhere.

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      Jeanette 

      7 years ago from Australia

      So sorry to hear of your loss. Thanks for sharing this story. Maybe it will save another lady's life.

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      huvalbd 

      7 years ago

      My condolences on your mother's ordeal and death--but kudos to you for making this lens. The earlier a cancer is noticed and treated, the better, and this is one that hardly anyone thinks about.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I had never heard of vulvar cancer before either. This is very useful information. Hopefully by sharing your mother's story others will be spared.

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      GabrielaFargasch 

      7 years ago

      I'm sorry about your mom.... Thank you for sharing it in hopes of helping other women out there.... I had never heard of this type of cancer before....

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      Excellent, I am lensrolling to Born to Be Angelic and have angel blessed this. And welcome to LOTD club

      And again, so sorry about your mother

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Very sorry to hear about your loss, I am hearing about this vulvar cancer for the first time.

      Congrats on LOTD and "Purple Star".

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      Debbie 

      7 years ago from England

      Thank you for sharing what must have been a painful experience for you. Raising awareness is vital in our fight against disease. I know from recent personal experience to talk to the doctor, even if symptoms seem unimportant... they all add up. Lensrolled to Brain Tumor and congrats on LOTD.

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      LouisaDembul 

      7 years ago

      Very sorry about your loss. Thank you for sharing information that can be of benefit to the rest of us!

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      howtocurecancer 

      7 years ago

      I am so sorry for your mom, mom is fighting thyroid cancer ans she is the main reason I joined Squidoo and start blogging.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Your lens will be invaluable to anyone affected by the early stages. Congratulations on a well-earned Purple Star and Lens of the Day.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Your mother must have been a very special person.

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      Airinka 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this story.

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      bidzinger 

      7 years ago

      I am so sorry for your loss. My mother died of breast cancer 2 years ago after a long 4 year battle. Thank you for this informative lens.

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      Jen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I'm sorry you had to lose your mom to vulvar cancer, but I'm glad you shared her story and educated people about this cancer. Before this I had not been aware of the disease. Thank you for educating me about these symptoms.

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      theprintcenter 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this touching lens. I'm sure it will help many others, and maybe even help someone discover it early enough to stop this cancer. Congratulations on LOTD. You deserve it.

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for using that experience to inform others.

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Amazing! You have taken a painful life experience to help others! Thank you for writing this for awareness and from your heart. My Angel Blessing today is SWAH and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings

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      TapIn2U 

      7 years ago

      Good lens! I've always been afraid of cancer but with this lens, this has given me ideas to prevent it.

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      Holley Web 

      7 years ago

      I wish I could say something to make it better, to ease the pain. I know I can't but I hope you know that you have friends here who care.

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      miaponzo 

      7 years ago

      It hasn't and I hope it never does! And thank you soo much for sharing this very personal lens with us!

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