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Regular checkups recommended even when lichen sclerosus is controlled

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A little more than two years ago, I was diagnosed with vulvar lichen sclerosus. My doctor prescribed a topical cream, which I still use once or twice each week. I have never been back for a recheck, but I recently read that I should be getting a regular exam, because this condition might cause vulvar cancer. How often do you recommend that I see my doctor?

ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Given it is a chronic condition, most women who have vulvar lichen sclerosus need long-term treatment. At this time, the evidence is not clear whether lichen sclerosus actually raises the risk for vulvar cancer, though there may be a small chance that cancer could develop....

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