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Does the HPV virus cause anal cancer?

Does the HPV virus cause anal cancer?

It can: Hpv is associated with genital warts and cancers as well as head and neck cancers and linings. This does not mean everyone who has these cancers has hpv also. Therefore hpv is associated with and increases the risk of getting these cancers including anal cancers. Hpv is sexually transmitted and there is a vaccine to help prevent it. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Yes: Anal cancer and some types of head/neck cancer (mainly tonsil) are caused by hpv. If both parties are hpv free and monogamous then the risk would likely decrease, however studies of cervical samples in female college students show a very high rate of exposure at some point. So, monogamy at present wouldn't necessarily mean that there hadn't been prior exposure. ...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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How many new cases of anal cancer per year in the u.S.?  how many anal cancer deaths per year?  what % is female?  what % overall is from hpv?

How many new cases of anal cancer per year in the u.S.?  how many anal cancer deaths per year?  what % is female?  what % overall is from hpv?

Anal Cancer: Estimated new cases and deaths from anal cancer in the United States in 2012: new cases: 6, 230; deaths: 780. Incidence rate was 1.6 per 100, 000 men and women per year. For example, 0.06% of men will develop cancer of the anus, anal canal, and anorectum between their 50th and 70th birthdays compared to 0.09% for women. Hpv is the leading cause and is detected in the majority of anal cancers. ...Read more

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How many years would it take for HPV to turn in to anal cancer?

How many years would it take for HPV to turn in to anal cancer?

Patient specific.: Hpv can cause cancers of the anus, cervix, vagina, lip, tongue, oral cavity. Each case is unique and depends upon the patient's immune system (well people better able to fight hpv infection than folks with weakened immune systems), the strain of hpv, nutritional status, etc... For well person with high risk hpv, it would take several years for hpv to cause anal cancer. Smokers at greater risk. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the chance of developing anal cancer from hpv?

Please advise what is the chance of developing anal cancer from hpv?

Low: While ano-genital hpv is quite common, anal and genital cancer is not terribly common. Of concern is that almost all ano-genital cancers are related to and probably caused by hpv. ...Read more

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Can HPV lie dormant f. 29 yr before becoming anal cancer?

Can HPV lie dormant f. 29 yr before becoming anal cancer?

Yes: Yes hpv often lies dormant. That is, people encounter the virus when they are young and then normal paps, or no evidence of lesion, until one has an abnormal pap or a lesion in older age. If this question is regarding you, your doctor should be able to tell whether your cancer is related to anal cancer, as not all anal cancers are due to hpv. ...Read more

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If me and my bf have HPV but i already went thru cryo and colpo and had unproted sex before that does that mean i have anal cancer(hpv) there?

If me and my bf have HPV but i already went thru cryo and colpo and had unproted sex before that does that mean i have anal cancer(hpv) there?

No: Anal cancer is a whole entire other ball game and it is more popular in makes with hpv. Having said that please understand that if you have hpv it doesn't mean you also have cancer but may be at increased risk. ...Read more

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Diagnosed HPV in Pap smear. Only 1 partner, recently had unprotected anal sex with him. HPV spreads to bum from vag? Anal cancer?

Diagnosed HPV in Pap smear. Only 1 partner, recently had unprotected anal sex with him. HPV spreads to bum from vag? Anal cancer?

HPV spread: The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can produce vulvo-vaginal as well as anal lesions. If you have obvious growths a MD can treat them immediately to decrease your risk of spread. If untreated, anal cancers are a future possibility with the lesions. By the way, your boyfriend should see a MD as well to make sure he is HPV free or not before continuing sexual contact. ...Read more

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Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better,still little bump left side of anus.Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer

Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better,still little bump left side of anus.Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer

Sounds like: you have hemorrhoids causing your lower GI bleeding and the lump may represent a clotted hemorrhoid. You need to consult with a General Surgeon! Ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a referral Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Discovered I have HPV high risk. Pap smear ok. But bf gave me rim job right after oral sex on vagina. Anal cancer? HPV transferred to anus?

Discovered I have HPV high risk. Pap smear ok. But bf gave me rim job right after oral sex on vagina. Anal cancer? HPV transferred to anus?

No: Most women do clear their HPV infection. Do keep getting PAP smears as advised by your doctor. Rimming is not increasing you risk of anal cancer over what you have otherwise.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can anyone explainhpv as it relates to oral sex, oral, throat & anal cancer? If you have oral sex with someone with HPV does HPV linger in your mouth?

Can anyone explainhpv as it relates to oral sex, oral, throat & anal cancer? If you have oral sex with someone with HPV does HPV linger in your mouth?

HPV is a virus: Hpv is a virus (human papilloma virus). Some strains of this virus can cause warts/papillomas and others are at higher risk for causing certain cancers. It is transmitted by intimate contact. Exposure does not necessarily mean you will become infected. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and pelvic CT 6 months ago for IBS , all clear. Would these tests have detected anal cancer? I have hx of genital low risk HPV.

I had a colonoscopy and pelvic CT 6 months ago for IBS , all clear. Would these tests have detected anal cancer? I have hx of genital low risk HPV.

Very unlikely: These tests would not be likely to detect anal cancer. If you have a bump on or near your anus, pain, or anal bleeding, see a doctor. Without those, the chance of anal cancer is near zero if you have not been anally penetrated by another man. Anal cancer is quite rare in males, with only about 3,000 cases per year in the US, mostly in gay men. But ask your MD for exam if still uncertain. ...Read more

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Can a anal wart which I had about 5 years ago which got removed cause anal cancer I'm male bit concerned ?

Anal PAP: Anal warts are due to HPV and the same virus, different strains, is associated with squamous cell carcinomas. You should consult your doctor about getting Anal PAP smears as a screening test. This test is similar to cervical PAP in women. ...Read more

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How likely for fissure to turn or cause anal cancer? Was Dx 1 yr ago w internal hemorroid, now think fissure that's been there long time. Scared of CA

How likely for fissure to turn or cause anal cancer? Was Dx 1 yr ago w internal hemorroid, now think fissure that's been there long time. Scared of CA

Fissure not cancer.: Neither anal fissures nor hemorrhoids turn into cancer. We screen for colonic cancers in people with anal fissures or hemorrhoids just to make sure they're not coexisting. ...Read more

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Does anal cancer cause pain when passing stool and blood on the toilet paper?

Does anal cancer cause pain when passing stool and blood on the toilet paper?

Yes: Yes anal cancer can present like this but thats not the commonest reason for pain on passing stools and for blood on toilet paper. In younger age group anal fissures are more likely to be the cause. Please see your doctor and get examined. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hemorrhoids ,abscess and anal cancer cause I noticed about 10 days ago a skin colored lump on anus. No bleeding or pain?

What's the difference between hemorrhoids ,abscess and anal cancer cause I noticed about 10 days ago a skin colored lump on anus. No bleeding or pain?

Anal fissure: What you described suggests an anal fissure. Take a fiber laxative, like Metamucil, and drink plenty of water to keep your stool soft and give it time to heal. You are not likely to have either abscess or cancer. ...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


Dr. David Stein
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Anal Cancer (Definition)

The anal canal lesion is squamous in origin. The dentate line marks the upper junction between squamous and mucosal epithelium in the anal canal. ... Tumours near the anal margin spread to the inguinal lymph nodes; those higher in the anal canal spread to the pelvis The Anal Cancer Trial (ACT-1) demonstrated the superiority of using chemoradiation with 5-FU ...Read more