Originally Posted by Mimma
My body has been werid lately. I thought I had a yeast infection caused by possible HIV..so I start to worry about my encounter giving me this illness. But then I find a little lump on my vulvar...might be an ingrown because i see a little pimple sort of thing in the middle of the lump. I do research and find out that this itching for almost a month and this lump I have and the fact that I have HPV 16 can mean I got Vulvar cancer! But how? if every three months I get checked because of the HPV? Wouldn't they detect the Vulvar cancer? The last time I got a pap smear was four months ago..can cancer of the vulvar develop so quickly? When my last pap four months ago was fine?
Vulvar cancer wouldn't really present like a pimple like lesion. I'm not sure about your personal grooming habits, but if you shave your pubic hair, it is very common to get a small abscess where a hair follicle has been infected, and that will obviously go away. One thing I hate about the internet in giving out symptoms of things is that they'll mention a symptom that's associated with cancer (for example) but is not specific to it. In other words, there are tons of other, much more likely explanations for the itching. But because people are so afraid of cancer, they get scared.
Vulvar cancer will present as itching, but there will also be ulceration (i.e. the area is raw, irregular borders, the deeper layers of tissue exposed) and bleeding. From what you're saying, this sounds just like a pimple. That said, it is very bad to try to characterize lesions on the internet when you can't see them. If you're that concerned, go to the doctor.
Out of curiosity, how old are you? Have you had any problem with cervical dysplasia (i.e. any abnormal paps).