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KateG - Macmillan
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Hi l had a small area of white skin removed. It came back as vin 3 with no clear boarder.everything I've read says vin3 means that 3/4 of the vulvar skin is involved? How would this be known from just what was viable being removed. Gyn looked and said nothing was viable so does this mean this is leaking under a very large area even though it's not visa be and there are no symptoms? 


Thank you for getting in touch, VIN is usually diagnosed by examination using a specialised microscope of the area and sending tissue to be examined. 

Not all women experience symptoms, it maybe these changes are not yet causing you any symptoms. 

VIN3 usually means more than two thirds of the skin covering the vulva has abnormal cells. If these abnormal cells lie at the edge of the removed tissue then the margins are usually described as not clear/no clear boarder. 

We would suggest you make an appointment to speak to your gynaecologist, they can discuss your examination, pathology results and the information they have given you in more detail. Before you contact your specialist, it might be helpful to look at our information here

I hope this is helpful, please get back in touch if you have any more questions.

Take care,Kate (Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist).

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Kate Many thanks for your reply this has taken some of the worry away about my next chemo session, though I will always worry about my chemo sessions whether rational or not.

Many thanks again



KateG - Macmillan
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Hi, I'm 34 years old, I smoked 1-5 a day for about 2 years, I'm stopping as of now!!

I have been having problems with my throat for about 3 months, I'd had a couple of bugs so I put it down to that but it's going on and on. I have a swollen tonsil, swollen gland, an off white round smooth cyst just beside my tonsil, all on the left side, I have an awareness of the left side of my mouth neck and tonsil but it's not sore. I've been to the dr 4 times the first time he said i had a virus or tonsillitis, the next dr said my throat looked normal and the "cyst" might be a tonsil stone (but it's definatly a cyst) the next said your tonsil and gland is a bit swollen but normal and the last has gave me an urgent referral to a ent clinic and said it's most probably just a cyst but it could be cancer. I'm worried, I've no other symptoms really, I've had hpv, glandular fever and tonsillitis in the past. Any feedback would be great xx



Thank you for getting in touch, I’m sorry you have been troubled by these symptoms its easy to worry when you have symptoms that don’t go away .It’s good that your GP has followed NICE guidelines and referred you to the ENT specialist.

Being referred to a specialist does not mean that you have cancer. It may reassure you to know that very few people referred to a specialist actually have cancer. However, it is important that you are checked quickly to find out. If you do have cancer, spotting it early can mean treatment is easier and more likely to be successful. 

In the meantime, it would be a good idea to let a friend or someone close to you know that you are worried. Sometimes letting someone else know can help. 

I hope this is helpful, please get back in touch if you have any more questions.

Take care,Kate (Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist).