Trends in incidence and survival of patients with vulvar cancer in an Asian country: Analysis of the Korean Central Cancer Registry 1999–2018

Gynecologic OncologyShin DW, Bae J, Ha J, et al. | December 08, 2021

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Researchers sought to describe the 20-year trends in incidence and survival of vulvar cancer in Korea using data from the Korean Central Cancer Registry.

  • During the 1999–2018 period, vulvar cancer was diagnosed in a total of 2,221 patients, with an age-standardized incidence rate of 0.32 per 100,000 person-years.

  • Korea showed a different pattern of incidence of vulvar cancer from that observed in the US and Europe.

  • There appeared a relatively low and stable incidence of squamous cell carcinoma.

  • An increase was observed in incidence of basal cell carcinoma and Paget's disease.

  • No improvement in survival occurred in the past two decades.

  • After surviving for 5 years, the patients can be considered cured.

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