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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. L. Collins
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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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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

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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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Can you let me know how many/what strains of HPV (genital warts) cause penile cancer?

Can you let me know how many/what strains of HPV (genital warts) cause penile cancer?

See below: Most cases of penile cancer are due to hpv 16, 18, 31, and 45. These are the same oncogenic (cancer-causing) strains that have been implicated in the development of cervical cancer, anal cancer, and squamous cell cancers of the mouth, head, and neck. Other strains have also been reported to cause cancer as well. ...Read more

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Do the strains of HPV that cause warts on feet and fingers are also the stains that cause penile/urethral/anal cancer? I have warts, am i at risk?

Do the strains of HPV that cause warts on feet and fingers are also the stains that cause penile/urethral/anal cancer? I have warts, am i at risk?

HPV V. Verruca: The hp virus is causative in genital warts, whereas the verruca virus is causative in the common plantar wart/finger warts you may be referring to. The regular verruca warts will not put you at risk of getting genital warts. ...Read more

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Can the same strain of HPV that causes genital warts also cause cervical cancer? Please let me know

Strains 16,18: As HPV is the precursor to cervical cancer, it is especially important to know its symptoms. Because HPV is a virus, it can be transmitted to another person even if the host shows no physical symptoms. And not all strains of the virus produce visible symptoms. Certain strains—6 and 11 produce visible genital warts.Strains 16 and 18 are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Infected with multiple strains of HPV, a cancer causing one and 2 non cancer causing ones. Will HPV go away or will I have it forever? 24 years old.

Infected with multiple strains of HPV, a cancer causing one and 2 non cancer causing ones. Will   HPV go away or will I have it forever? 24 years old.

HPV infection: At a young age, HPV infection now is common, and most infections are transient, resolving spontaneously. The key concern for cancer and other less serious lesions (warts, etc.) are the ones that persist over time. However, if your situation socially is producing continued exposure, and theefore potential infection, with new or repeated strains, the risk continues to go up. ...Read more

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So if HPV stays in your body forever, what the heck do people with the cancerous strains do? Wait to get cancer? Seems horrible

So if HPV stays in your body forever, what the heck do people with the cancerous strains do? Wait to get cancer? Seems horrible

Immune system: The healthy immune system does an excellent job of keeping the virus in check so just a healthy life-style will give you the best protection. For those who don't have the virus, the vaccine helps prevent this worry. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I was told I had hpv the high risk strains 16, 18, some others as well. As well as CIN3, it's been 6 yrs since my last colpo, could it be cancer now?

Here are some...: I would like to commend your keen effort in being watched and followed for HPV-related concern. Under current scenario, it would be most logical and beneficial for you to address this Q to your gyn-doc. Further online chat may induce more unnecessary confusion and anxiety because no one can offer a definite answer but cautiously watch and see under professional monitoring. ...Read more

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2yrs ago dx w/HPV. Inad paps but no cancerous strains. Dr says I have gen warts. My prof (nurse pract) said those with gen warts will get cancer later

Similar answer: The wart strains produce warts,not cervical cancer. In the pre vaccine era as many as 70% of college age women tested positive for genital HPV antibodies in some studies.The don't all go on to get cancer.That is a myth. While you may also have acquired a cancer associated HPV strain the same way, it doesn't mean you are destined to develop cancer. You need to discuss this with a therapist ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ HPV 2yrs ago. Inadequate Pap smear 2x. DR said I don't have the cancerous strains. But my prof. (Nurse pract) said I'll still get cancer?

Diagnosed w/ HPV 2yrs ago. Inadequate Pap smear 2x. DR said I don't have the cancerous strains. But my prof. (Nurse pract) said I'll still get cancer?

Odd statement: I don't know the wording your NP used, but there appears to be a miscommunication. You might, in your lifetime, go on to develop cancer, but most do not.Even those who have tested positive for the high risk strains may never get it.It may motivate some to be more compliant with having the PAP tests done but that is all. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which strain of HPV increases the risk of anal/rectal cancer?

Expert opinions? Which strain of HPV increases the risk of anal/rectal cancer?

Most risk with 16/18: Squamous carcinoma of the anus is most often mediated / caused by infection with high risk hpv (in both men and women). There more than 10 types of hpv that are 'high risk'. Of those, types 16 and 18 are most strongly associated with progression to invasive cancer. In general, rectal cancers are not caused by hpv infections. ...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