- Squamous cell carcinoma. Most vulval cancers (90%) develop from squamous cells, the skin cells of the vulva. These cancers usually grow very slowly over a few years.
- Vulval melanoma. Vulval melanomas develop from melanin, the cells that produce pigment and give skin its colour. Only about 2–4% of vulval cancers are melanoma.
- Adenocarcinoma. These are very rare. They develop from cells that line glands in the vulval skin. Paget’s disease of the vulva is a pre-malignant condition in which glandular cells spread outwards and across the vulval skin.
- Verrucous carcinoma. This rare, very slow-growing type of cancer looks like a large wart.
- Sarcomas. These are extremely rare. Sarcomas develop from cells in tissue, such as muscle or fat under the skin, and tend to grow more quickly than other types of cancer.
updated: Thu, 15/06/2017 - 13:01