Can I Get Checked for Vulvar Cancer Before I Have Symptoms?
Screening tests check for signs of disease in people who don't have
any symptoms. That's when doctors can treat any precancer or cancer
cells more successfully.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women have regular checkups
to help spot certain gynecologic cancers. Doctors examine the vulva during
these checkups, which also include a pelvic exam and may include a Pap
test and HPV testing.
Here are the ACS general recommendations for how often you should have
Pap tests, HPV tests, and pelvic exams to screen for gynecological cancers
if you are at average risk:
Although there are different guidelines regarding the use of screening
tests, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends
that all women older than 21 years of age should have yearly pelvic exams.