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A 28-year-old female asked:

Hi- if i have hpv and ill take my cervix out- will i still have a chance to get cancer? can the virus manifest itself in other areas of the body? thx

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Hpv causes changes that can affect all of the epithelial cells in the vagina, vulva, anus and mouth/throat. So even if someone has their cervix taken out, they can have cancer of those areas. Having said that, the chances of having pre-cancer or cancer in those areas is extremely low. Regular check ups to check for lesions as well as noting any lesions yourself in those areas can help. Best!
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