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Vulvar squamous cell carcinoma developing in a young black African HIV woman
1 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the University Hospital of Cocody, Abidjan (Republic of Ivory Coast)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2013, 34(5), 496–499;
Published: 10 October 2013
Vulvar cancers are uncommon, represented in 90% of cases by squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The reduction of the frequency and the severity proceed by recognition of precancerous or beginning lesions. They occur most often in the third age in postmenopausal women. The diagnosis is almost difficult and often late and therefore prognosis is severe. Conditions for diagnosis and treatment are difficult in underdeveloped countries due to the inaccessibility of proper equipment in the healthcare system. The authors report a case of SCC diagnosed late in a young human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) women who have been treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radical surgery of the vulva.