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A 31-year-old female asked:

How long does anal hpv take to become cancer ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Months to years: The large majority of anal HPV infections do not lead to cancer. When it happens, it can be anywhere from a few months to 30 years or more.
Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 years experience
Months to many years: The probability that HPV will trigger anal cancers will depend on multiple factors which include the type /strain of the virus, its virulence/oncogenic potential, the status of the immune system of a person, cofactors;In some cases the premalignant and malignant transformation may take months to years and occasionally regress...; in other cases it may take a decade or more for a cancer to occur.
Last updated Feb 3, 2017
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