Cancer of the clitoris, also known as clitoral cancer, is a rare type of cancer that develops in the tissues of the clitoris, a small, sensitive organ located at the front of the female genital area. Clitoral cancer is very rare and accounts for less than 1% of all gynecologic cancers.
The exact cause of clitoral cancer is unknown, but certain risk factors have been identified, including a history of chronic irritation or inflammation of the clitoris, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, smoking, and a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of clitoral cancer may include a lump or mass on or near the clitoris, bleeding or discharge from the clitoris, pain or discomfort in the clitoral area, and changes in the shape or size of the clitoris. These symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions, such as infections or non-cancerous growths, so it is important to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment options for clitoral cancer may include surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The specific treatment plan will depend on the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the individual’s overall health and personal preferences.
As with all types of cancer, early detection and treatment are key to improving outcomes and reducing the risk of complications. Regular gynecologic exams and self-examinations can help to identify any potential issues early on, so it is important to prioritize reproductive health and seek medical attention for any concerning symptoms.