A 21-year-old member asked:
how does human papilloma virus contribute to cervical cancer?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Klein answered
20 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The human papilloma virus is absolutely the leading cause of cervical cancer. Luckily there is now a vaccine which can prevent infection or progression of the most cancer inducing strains of the virus. Modern screening techniques such as pap smear and dna analysis can discover viral infection and pre-cancerous signs long before it progresses to cancer.
Answered on Dec 29, 2014
Dr. Kenneth Cheng answered
30 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Several strains of the human papilloma virus (hpv) have been shown to be the main cause of cervical cancer. Prevention, treatment and immunization are ways of decreasing the risk of hpv infections in men and women. Annual pap smears are a must for all sexually active women.
Answered on Jun 7, 2011
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