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Information about VIN, and links


Vulval Intra-epithelial Neoplasia (VIN)

It is difficult to find easy to read information about VIN. Most articles are published by Doctors and contain many medical terms. I will try to explain as much as possible about VIN 1,2 or 3.

VIN is NOT Cancer but pre-Cancer and often seen in women of the age of 65 + and is a disorder of the skin cells (Neoaplasia). But of course it is also seen in younger women. It can effect 1, 2 or all 3 layers of the skin, hence VIN 1, 2 or 3. VIN3 is also called Carcinoma in Situ, or Cancer "in place" as it has not spread. It is also called Skin Cancer but it is of a completely different type then the skin Cancer caused by too much sun. I prefer the name Pre-Cancer and not Skin Cancer. Often it is seen by women who smoke. 60% of the nicotine in a womans body settles in the area of the Vulva, Vagina, Cervix, Whom. (Imagine what happens when a man "donates" nicotine-infected sperm). An other cause can be HPV Human Papilloma Virus (see Headline HPV on this page). There are more then 100 different types of HPV. Some of them are of low risk and some are of high risk. Just a very few are causing Pre Cancer and Cancer in women and men!! (Penis skin Cancer and mouth Cancer). 80% of the people have a HPV of some sort, it is a Sexual Transmitted Disease and condomes are of no help. If you are a virgin having sex with another virgin and never with some one else, you might never develope HPV.  Note: HPV is NOT something to be a shamed of!!!!!

VIN is very rare. In Holland the Academic Hospital in Groningen (AZG) and the Hospital in Amsterdam (AMC) are the only ones who deal with VIN and Vulva Cancer. VIN 1 en 2 do not need surgical treatment but must be well looked after and check ups will be at least once a year. Some Specialists think VIN 3 does not have to be treated either but I have spoken to too many women who now have Vulva Cancer because of no treatment. VIN 1 and 2 in combination with Genital warts, can be treated with special creams. VIN3 can be treated with Surgical or Laser treatment but might return after 2 years or more, especially when a HPV is the cause of the Neoplasia. VIN can also be caused by a bad Physical condition or when the woman is under a lot of stress. Therefore developing VIN does not mean the woman also has a HPV, but this is extemely rare. In my case, the cells were not HPV typical and I never smoked a cigarette, but my life was very hectic at the time and I just recovered from Glandular Fever.

When I noticed little white pads in November 2002, I went to see my GP who thought these were unfamiliar Genital Warts and he sent me to the Dermathologist. The Dermathologist said it were no warts and did some biopsies. 2 Weeks later I was told I had Vulval Skin Cancer grade 3. My next visit was to the Gynaecologist/Oncologist in the AZG who booked an appointment for a "Vinegar Wash". The Vinegar shows all abnormalities in the skin and where necessary they could do some biopsies. They did 4 with me and 2 weeks later I received the wonderful message that it wasn't VIN 3 anymore but VIN1! My body cured the VIN which means it must be extremely healthy, not infected by Nicotine. So VIN does not mean you are going to die because of Cancer and it does not have to develope into Cancer. Though again: it must be well looked after!!!!!!!! Now, June 2004, there isn't any sign of VIN anymore


VIN and Vulva Cancer Help Groups:

This section gives information about a skin condition called vulval intra-epithelial neoplasia (or VIN) which can affect the vulva and in some women may develop into cancer after many years.



The human papilloma virus family consist of many different types; over 90 have been identified to date, of which 30 genotypes can be found in the genital tract. HPV can be detected in up to 100% of cervical squamous cell carcinomas. Several HPV types, such as HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 have been implicated as sexually transmitted agents with an aetiological role in cervical carcinogenesis while other HPV types as HPV 6 and 11 are frequently detected in benign lesions such as condylomata acuminata. Therefore HPV 6 and 11 are called the benign or low-risk HPV types and HPV 16 and 18 are the malignant or high-risk HPV types. Women infected with the high-risk HPV types are considered to be at a higher risk for the development of cervical cancer than those who are not infected with HPV or who are infected with one of the low-risk HPV types.



Human Papilloma Virus

Human papilloma viruses or HPVs are a group of more than 80 different types of virus, including those causing genital warts. They can be transmitted through sexual intercourse and have been linked to cervical cancer. It is estimated that up to 15% of women aged 20 to 30 women and up to 6% of women over 40 carry the virus. The majority do not go on to develop cancer. BBC News Online looks at what HPVs are and what they do.



The human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world to affect the skin and mucosal areas of the body. Over eighty types of HPV have been identified. Different types of the human papillomavirus are known to infect different parts of the body. It infects the epithelial cells of skin and mucosa. The epithelial surfaces include all areas covered by skin and/or mucosa such as the mouth, throat, tongue, tonsils, vagina, penis, and anus. Infection with the virus occurs when these areas come into contact with a virus, allowing it to transfer between epithelial cells.



Many people are infected with the HPV but only a few develop HPV-related cancer. Current research is trying to determine what factors lead to the development of cancer.



Human papilloma virus (HPV)


What is HPV?

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common virus. Over 100 different types of HPV have been identified and each is known by a number.


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