Types of Vulvar Cancer
There are several types of vulvar cancer:
- Squamous cell carcinoma - The most common type, making up about 90% of all cases. It affects the skin cells of the vulva.
- Vulvar melanoma - A type of skin cancer that develops from the cells that give the skin its colour. About 2% to 4% of vulvar cancers are melanoma.
- Adenocarcinoma - Cancer that begins in the glandular cells lining the skin of the vulva.
- Verrucous carcinoma – Slow growing cancer that looks like a large wart.
- Sarcomas - Cancers that develop from tissue cells, including muscle, fat under the skin and connective tissue. Sarcomas tend to grow faster than other types of vulvar cancer.