About the study
Between 2007 and 2017, we investigated this cluster of vulvar cancer to:
- Find out the extent of the problem
- Try to identify why Indigenous women in East Arnhem are disproportionately affected
- Improve community and health professional awareness of the problem
- Develop better strategies for preventing, diagnosing and treating vulvar cancer in women in the affected communities.
Understanding the vulvar cancer storyIn Yolngu Matha
Understanding the vulvar cancer storyIn English
Most vulvar cancer in East Arnhem is caused by HPVIt can also be influenced by family genetics and smoking
For more information, watch the ‘Understanding the vulvar cancer story’ videos above
It’s important to have regular well women’s check ups at the clinic You should go every two yearsORIf you have a mother or sister who has had vulvar cancer, you should go every year
Signs of vulvar cancer
- Patches of skin that change colour
- Little sores or bumps
You can protect against vulvar cancer by getting a needle against HPV.Young people can get these needles through their schools.