I AmA Vulvar Cancer patient. Its rare, so AMA! (NSFW)
What is it? Its cancer of the vulva, which is this part of a woman's body (not to be confused with the vagina)
Why am I doing this?
a) I am a 40-year-old woman (diagnosed at 39) who underwent 2 surgeries, chemotherapy and am finishing up radiation treatment for vulvar cancer and I'd like to help inform people and prevent other women from suffering through this. This is a rare cancer (even rarer for women under 50) and I want to bring it to public awareness.
b) The incidence of vulvar cancer due to HPV is increasing among young women in the US and UK (sorry, I couldnt find world-wide stats):
c) Ive been on women's forums and read far too many stories of women complaining about unusual things itching/burning/discharging/growing from their pussies yet they ask online strangers about it instead of seeing a doctor. This suggests to me that there is some kind of shame associated with the vagina/vulvar region.
d) Boobies and their cancer get all the publicity. Vulvas and their cancer need attention too! AMA!
Note: sent proof to the mods.
Edit: Im going to have a bath and some dinner. I'll check back in a few hours to answer any more questions.
Edit 2: I'll keep this running for a few days, checking back for any new questions. Thanks everyone for your great questions, kind words and funny responses!
Edit 3: Had a full-body PET scan Aug 23, 2013. Results showed that the cancer is gone! :) :) :) I get another scan in November as a follow-up.