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POLL: How Often Do You Collaborate With Gynecologists Regarding Genital Skin Cancers?


Click here to answer this week's skin cancer poll.

How often do you collaborate with gynecologists regarding genital skin cancers?


The October issue of Dermatology Times recently reviewed in-depth the association between genital skin cancers and lichen sclerosus. Key findings include:

  • Lichen sclerosus, a noncancerous dermatologic condition, has been linked to genital skin cancers such as vulvar and penile squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), as well as genital melanomas. About 4% of patients with lichen sclerosus may develop vulvar cancer.
  • Genital cancers, including vaginal melanomas, vulvar melanoma, and penile melanoma, are relatively rare but can be associated with feelings of shame, stigma, and discomfort. It is crucial for clinicians to encourage patients to report unusual signs and symptoms to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment.

Due to the quality-of-life impacts of genital skin cancers, it can be beneficial for dermatologists and gynecologists to collaborate together when necessary to optimize patient care and outcomes.

What are your experiences with treating genital skin cancers or lichen sclerosus? Email us at DTEditor@mmhgroup.com to tell us more.

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