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My biopsy is to be June 6. I’m worried . The dr mentioned a type of skin cancer that sometime developed from this condition. Has anyone developed cancer from this? After tissue was removed was there treatment? Thanks
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The connection between lichen sclerosis and vulvar cancer is vulvar intreapithelial neoplasia (VIN), which is the presence of pre-cancerous cells. Having lichen sclerosis puts one at risk for VIN, which then puts one at risk for cancer. Many people who are diagnosed with VIN have lichen sclerosis, however many who have lichen sclerosis will not get VIN. The HPV virus also puts people at risk of VIN.
The risk of VIN and cancer are the main reason we are told to check ourselves in a mirror at a regular basis. If you develop a discoloured spot that does not go away you should point it out to your gynecologist. They will biopsy it and if the spot is small enough, the biopsy alone could be enough to remove the cells from the area. If not, there are other treatments to remove it depending upon where it is and the severity of it. I am on a 6 month recall to see if it returns after treatment. Patients can continue to get bits removed for years the aim of which is to not let cancer develop.
I was told to look for red spots that did not go away, however I noticed a light brown spot that looked like a freckle that was growing. I had to point it out to my gynecologist who didn't see it during an examination. It turned out to be VIN.
When you get your biopsy, I suggest requesting stitches. I've had 5 taken from 2 different areas and not all doctors give them. Depending upon where the biopsy is taken, it can hurt for some time and stitches speed up recovery. I find that the emu oil I use as a moisturizer softens up the suture quickly. Also make sure you are well hydrated before you go. When the skin is well hydrated a needle entering the skin for whatever reason, blood test, injection, freezing etc., hurts less.
Best of luck with your biopsy.
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