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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for hpv to become cancer?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Uma Swamy
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Depends: No definite answer. Hpv virus can cause mutations which can lead to cancer development. Our body often clears hpv on its own before mutations that lead to cancer can develop.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Years/decades/never: Just because you acquire this germ does not mean you will develop cancer. It gives you a heads up so you may be better motivated to do regular health screenings.At the short end cervical cancer (or other forms) may arise after a few years/decades or never. Women have been doing related pap smear screenings for decades before we knew HPV could eventually cause the problem.

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How long does it take HPV to turn into cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Not sure the : Answer is clear. Hpv infection is easily transmitted by simple kissing and sexual means, and "infection" is common. Abstinence sometimes leads to clearing. But very few infections seem to result in cancer in the short haul...Not an experiment i would try, let's see if we can catch it and see if we get cancer or not.
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How long does it take for hpv-cancer to come out?

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How long does it take to treat HPV cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
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A 23-year-old male asked:

How long does it take for HPV to turn into any kind of cancer?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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10 to 30 years: It can take from 10 to 30 years from infection with high risk HPV to formation of a tumor. HPV infections are the most common STD in the US and include both low and high risk subtypes. More about HPV and cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/infectious-agents/hpv-fact-sheet
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A 16-year-old male asked:

Can you get HPV from kissing? And if so how long does cancer take to develop

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Crabb
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Not normally: Kissing will not transfer hpv, but oral sex can. It takes at least months and probably years for a cancer to develop. Most women < 30 years old will be able to fight off the hpv infection without specific treatment.
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Certain types of throat cancer are now thought to be caused by hpv, usually via oral sex. Seems to be reported recently in well known people.
Sep 16, 2013

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