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Complications of Lichen sclerosis

Complications list for Lichen sclerosis:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Lichen sclerosis includes:

  • Vulva cancer - about 1 in 20 women get vulva cancer.
  • Penis cancer - likely to be related but unclear if related and how strongly.
  • Scarring

See also the symptoms of Lichen sclerosis and Lichen sclerosis: Introduction.

Complications of Lichen sclerosis:

Lichen sclerosus does not cause skin cancer. However, skin that is scarred by lichen sclerosus is more likely to develop skin cancer. About 1 in 20 women with untreated vulvar lichen sclerosus develops skin cancer. The frequency of skin cancer in men with lichen sclerosus is not known. It is important for people who have the disease to receive proper treatment and to see their doctor every 6 to 12 months, so that he or she can monitor and treat any changes that might signal skin cancer. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Lichen Sclerosis: NIAMS)

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About complications:

Complications of Lichen sclerosis are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Lichen sclerosis. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Lichen sclerosis and complications of Lichen sclerosis is unclear or arbitrary.


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