What are the chances of lichen sclerosus turning into cancer?
These include VIN (see Introduction), Paget’s disease, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, or melanoma elsewhere on the body. Lichen sclerosus. This condition affects the vulvar skin, making it thin and itchy. About 4% of women with lichen sclerosus develop vulvar cancer.
What are the symptoms of lichen sclerosus cancer?
Lichen sclerosus in genital area
- Itching (pruritus), which can be severe.
- Discomfort or pain.
- Smooth white patches on your skin.
- Blotchy, wrinkled patches.
- Tearing or bleeding.
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated sores.
- Painful sex.
Can you live a normal life with lichen sclerosus?
Lichen planus may disappear spontaneously or following treatment, but lichen sclerosus rarely improves without proper treatment that should be continued indefinitely.
What kind of cancer does lichen sclerosus cause?
Lichen sclerosus, which causes the vulvar skin to become thin and itchy, increases the risk of vulvar cancer.
Should I see a dermatologist or gynecologist for lichen sclerosus?
If you have signs and symptoms common to lichen sclerosus, make an appointment with your primary care doctor. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions (dermatologist).
Does stress make lichen sclerosus worse?
A person may be predisposed to getting the condition because of their genes. Such people may get LS symptoms when exposed to any injury, stress, or sexual abuse.
What can be mistaken for lichen sclerosus?
Common mimics of lichen sclerosus include vitiligo, severe vulvovaginal atrophy, other lichenification disorders such as lichen planus and lichen simplex chronicus, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, and vulvar squamous cell carcinoma. For this reason, biopsy is recommended.
Is there a test for lichen sclerosus?
Your doctor can diagnose lichen sclerosus by looking at your vulva. Sometimes they might take a small sample of your vulvar skin (called a biopsy) and send it away to a laboratory for testing. Unfortunately, lichen sclerosus is sometimes mistaken for thrush, which also causes vulvar itchiness.
Can you reverse lichen sclerosus?
Although there’s no cure for lichen sclerosus, there are treatments that can help. If you have it on your genitals, you should get it treated, even if you don’t have symptoms. When left untreated, it can lead to problems with sex or urination. Patches on other parts of the body usually go away with time.
Does lichen sclerosus make you feel tired?
There are some common symptoms between these conditions, such as muscle pain, fatigue, and mild flu-like symptoms. While some research suggests it could be tied to genetics, most researchers believe lichen sclerosus is a disorder of the immunological system.
Is coconut oil good for lichen sclerosus?
For patients with chronic yeast infections, lichen sclerosis or vulvodynia (chronic pain of the vulva), coconut oil can also provide some relief form itching and burning sensations. Most patients find coconut oil very soothing. I recommend applying a generous amount to labia twice a day in these setting.
Does vulvar cancer spread fast?
Most of these cancers grow slowly, remaining on the surface for years. However, some (for example, melanomas) grow quickly. Untreated, vulvar cancer can eventually invade the vagina, the urethra, or the anus and spread into lymph nodes in the pelvis and abdomen and into the bloodstream.
Lichen sclerosus is a relatively common chronic inflammatory skin disease that predominantly affects the anogenital area. Accumulating evidence indicates that lichen sclerosus in women may be associated with other autoimmune disease, whereas this association seems to lack in male patients.
What is the recovery time for vulvar cancer surgery?
Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid underwear so your wound can air. Do not put anything into your vagina after surgery until your doctor says the area is healed (usually 6–8 weeks).