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Diseases » Vulvar cancer » Glossary
 

Glossary for Vulvar cancer

  • Abscess: General name for any pus-filled lump or swelling
  • Bartholin's cyst: Cyst in a small vaginal gland
  • Behcet's Disease: Recurring inflammation of small blood vessels affecting various areas.
  • Bleeding symptoms: Any type of bleeding symptoms.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Chancroid: An sexually transmitted disease caused by the Haemophilus ducreyi bacteria and is characterized by painful genital ulceration.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Exercise: The use of the human muscles to improve ones health
  • Female genital organ tumors: Tumors affecting the female genital organs, whether cancerous or bening.
  • Genital warts: Genital warts often from a viral STD.
  • Granuloma: A small aggregation of mononuclear inflammatory cells
  • Herpes: Virus with one subtype causing cold sores and another causing genital herpes.
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A bacterial skin infection that occurs when sweat glands become blocked. Inflamed, pus producing nodules develop and eventually cause scarring. Mainly affects sweat glands in the armpits, groin, breasts and anal areas.
  • Human Papillomavirus: Very common sexually transmitted disease causing genital warts and associated with certain cancers.
  • Lichen planus: Skin rash
  • Lichen sclerosis: Disease causing leathery or dry skin in genital areas.
  • Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus: A chronic skin disease characterized by shiny, white atrophic skin patches which tend to occur on the neck, genital areas, around the anus, under the breasts and in body folds.
  • Metastatic cancer: Any cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
  • No symptoms: The absence of noticable symptoms.
  • Paget's Disease: Breast carcinoma involving nipple and areola.
  • Pruritus: The sensation of itch
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition where the defective immune system causes skin cells to grow rapidly. It affects a significant number of people. Arthritis, which can be severe, is associated with the psoriasis in up to a third of cases. Not all patients who are susceptible to the condition will develop it - roughly 10% of those susceptible will actually develop the condition. There are various environmental factors which can trigger the onset of the disease e.g. strep throat (common trigger), some medication, stress and cold weather. Once the disease develops, it may resolve on its own or with treatment or may become a persistent chronic condition. The severity and duration of symptoms is variable.
  • Rectal bleeding: A condition which is characterized by bleeding from the rectum
  • Sexual Conditions: Any condition that affects sexual function
  • Syphilis: A sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria (Treponema pallidum). The condition is often asymptomatic in the early stages but one or more sores may be present in the early stages. Untreated syphilis usually results in remission of visible symptoms but further severe damage may occur to internal organs and other body tissues which can result in death.
  • Ulcer: A local defect in the mucosa
  • Urethral obstruction: The occurrence of obstruction to the urethra
  • Urogenital tumors: Any tumor of the urinary or genital organs, whether cancerous or benign.
  • Women-only conditions: Conditions affecting women (females), but not males.
  • Womens health conditions: Medical conditions related to women's health.

 

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