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Doctor insights on: Cancer Causing Hpv Strains

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Do the cancer causing HPV strains "go away"? Is the body able to "fight off" HPV cancer strains so it does not show up on pap results?

Do the cancer causing HPV strains "go away"? Is the body able to "fight off" HPV cancer strains so it does not show up on pap results?

They often do: There is frequent resolution of hpv infections caused by development of immunity in most of the women but not in all. The risk of cancer goes up when the hpv infection persists and becomes chronic. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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What strains of HPV cause cervical and prostate cancer?

What strains of HPV cause cervical and prostate cancer?

Not prostate: No HPV is indicated in prostate cancer. Please don't equivocate the two. Prostate cancer is almost entirely due to androgenic stimulation as far as we know now. Not HPV. ...Read more

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How many/what strains of HPV warts cause penile cancer?

How many/what strains of HPV warts cause penile cancer?

Genital warts: The hpv types that cause external visible warts (hpv types 6 and 11) rarely cause cancer. Other hpv types (most often types 16, 18, 31, 33 and 35) are less common in visible warts but are strongly associated with penile and vulvar intra-epithelial neoplasia (pre-cancerous changes) and squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of the genital area especially cervical cancer and less frequently invasive vulvar c. ...Read more

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I know certain strains of HPV can cause cancer, is it worth getting the vaccine even if may already have HPV? 31 yo male.

I know certain strains of HPV can cause cancer, is it worth getting the vaccine even if may already have HPV? 31 yo male.

Gardasil indications: Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, recommends vaccination for people age 9-26 for prevention of some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and certain cancers. It will not treat the infection if it has already been transmitted, but may offer protection from getting infected with other strains. ...Read more

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Standard pap+hpv tests for the two strains that cause 70% of cervical cancer, what strains cause the other 30 and can they be tested for?

Standard pap+hpv tests for the two strains that cause 70% of cervical cancer, what strains cause the other 30 and can they be tested for?

Others can be checke: Other strains of HPV can also be checked but requires more expensive testing. Ask your gynecologist about it, he/she can explain the nature of tests to be done and the costs involved. The new HPV vaccine covers nine strains of HPV (9-Valent HPV Vaccine) which includes 90% of of cancer causing HPVs. ...Read more

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I have had all 4 strains of HPV that causes cancer, in 2006 i had the precancer cells removed , could there still be strains in the anal canal?

I have had all 4 strains of HPV that causes cancer, in 2006 i had the precancer cells removed , could there still be strains in the anal canal?

Continue screening: The HPV strains are with you for life, but as long as you continue screening, you are very unlikely to come down with an incurable lesion as a result of this. Many people are in your situation. Keep on being a good patient and a wise person. ...Read more

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I tested positive for high risk HPV but negative for the strains that usually cause cancer. So why am i still considered high risk? I'm confused

I tested positive for high risk HPV but negative for the strains that usually  cause cancer. So why am i still considered high risk? I'm confused

Several high risk: There are over 150 related hpv like cancers and thete are at least a dozen high risk hpv subtypes that can cause cancer. Two of these types 16 and 18 are responsible for the majority of hpv related cancers. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I know a certain strain of HPV causes cervical cancer. Is it more likely to get penis cancer if your partner has had cervical cancer?

Not the case: Almost all cases of penile cancer are associated with male being uncircumcised with a tight poreskin (phimosis) preventing adequate penile hygeine. Men do not develop penile cancer from partners who develop cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Can one strain of HPV cause cancer and genital warts?

HPV types: Some HPV types are more commonly associated with warts and others with cancers but this is not an absolute distinction. Warts can go bad and develop into cancers in the genital, anal and oral areas. This is why the vaccines include several virotypes. But even then there are many less common types not included which also cause disease ...Read more

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Are most strains of HPV not harmful? Can only cause things of no concern(warts on legs and arms, etc). Are the cancer causing forms less common?

Are most strains of HPV not harmful? Can only cause things of no concern(warts on legs and arms, etc). Are the cancer causing forms less common?

Yes: There are over 100 strains of HPV and most are not harmful. Over 90% of adults worldwide have some strain of HPV. There are about 13 strains that have been associated with cancer, two of which are considered the most aggressive, Types 16 and 18. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more