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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


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Is it true that gardasil will prevent vaginal cancer?

Is it true that gardasil will prevent vaginal cancer?

Yes: Cervarix is another vacination against hpv 16 & 18 , gardiasil protect against hpv 16 & 18, also 6 & 11. 16 & 18 are associated with cervical, vaginal, vulvar cancer. 6 & 11 more associated with genital wart (not necessary cervical cancer). Cervarix seems to be more potent thant gardiasil for prevention of cancer (still both are very good). Get either one. ...Read more

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Does the HPV vaccine (gardasil) help prevent herpes?

Does the HPV vaccine (gardasil) help prevent herpes?

A different "H": The human papiloma virus that causes hpv and many other issues is very different from the herpes simplex virus that causes herpes. As such, the vaccine for hpv does not prevent herpes. ...Read more

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Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

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Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Kind of: Birth control pills can increase the risk of cervical cancer in a round about way. If you have unprotected sex (don't use a condom) because you figure you're safe on the pill to do so, then you may contract the hpv virus which can cause cervical cancer. The vaccine can reduce the chance of you catching this virus. The moral is, birth control pill or not, use a condom to reduce your risk of std's. ...Read more

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Does the HPV vaccination in adult men prevent HPV associated oral and laryngeal cancers?

Does the HPV vaccination in adult men prevent HPV associated oral and laryngeal cancers?

Might help: There are at least 2 strains involved in those cancers and any of the available HPV vaccines can help prevent them, if given prior to exposure to those strains.After you acquire HPV from a problem strain, the vaccine cannot cure or remove it from your system. ...Read more

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Does circumcision at birth prevent penile cancer?

Does circumcision at birth prevent penile cancer?

Helps: Epidemiological evidence suggests lower penile cancer rate in circumcised men. Circumcision also reduces the risk of HIV acquisition. 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. ...Read more

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Do genital warts increase risk of anal cancer in heterosexual men? If so how much? Is anal cancer rare?

Do genital warts increase risk of anal cancer in heterosexual men? If so how much? Is anal cancer rare?

HPV: Genital warts which are caused by infections by the human papilloma virus are definitely a risk factor for anal cancer. There is often involvement of genitals and anus by that virus. Genital warts can be treated by a dermatologist with either topical medications or by surgical removal. ...Read more

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Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Much more than!: The increased risk of cervical cancer from use of birth control is tiny, if at all, depending on what studies you read. However, the hpv vaccine reduces your risk of cervical cancer by 75-80%, so it is way better! you figure if there is an increased risk of 1-2% from birth control pills, or even it was as much as a 5-10% difference, (which no way it is), then the vaccine really wins out. ...Read more

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I'm aware of the connection between sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Does HPV infection increase cancer risk in men, too?

I'm aware of the connection between sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Does HPV infection increase cancer risk in men, too?

The short answer is yes, but the specific risks are different for men: Most of the time, HPV infection doesn't cause any signs or symptoms in either sex, although some types of HPV cause genital warts. Typically, the immune system eliminates the virus without treatment within about two years. Until the virus is gone, you can spread it to your sex partners. But certain types of HPV, known as high-risk types, may cause persistent infection, which can gradually turn into cancer. Malignancies that can be caused by HPV include cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus and oropharynx — the back of the mouth and upper part of the throat. Men who have HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — and men who have sex with other men are at particular risk of anal, penile and throat cancers associated with persistent HPV infection. The rate of oropharyngeal cancers has been on the rise recently, especially in men. Men can prevent the types of HPV that cause most genital warts and anal cancer by receiving an HPV vaccine. These were originally approved as a cervical cancer vaccine for girls and young women, and they're now approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anal, vulvar and vaginal cancers, too. The vaccines are recommended for males ages 9 to 26. The best time to get the vaccine is before sexual activity begins. Although these vaccines are not yet approved for preventing HPV-related penile and oropharyngeal cancer, recent studies suggest that these vaccines may be effective for preventing these cancers as well. You may also lower your risk of contracting HPV by using a condom every time you have sex. However, condom use isn't considered a substitute for HPV vaccination in those who are eligible for the vaccine. ...Read more

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Can kids get vaginal cancer?

Can kids get vaginal cancer?

One kind, rarely: There is one rare type of vaginal cancer that is usually seen in young girls. It is called sarcoma botryoides or embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, and looks like a bunch of grapes that hang out through the opening of the vagina. It can be treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation. ...Read more

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How does circumcision prevent developing penile cancer?

How does circumcision prevent developing penile cancer?

Lower HPV rates: Human papilloma virus (hpv) increases the risk of penile cancer, just like it increases the risk of cervical cancer in women. The presence of a foreskin increases the risk for hpv infection. This is one reason circumcised men have a lower rate of penile cancer. However, penile cancer is extremely rare, so decisions about circumcision should not be based on fear of penile cancer. ...Read more

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Do genital warts increase risk of anal cancer? If so how much?

Do genital warts increase risk of anal cancer? If so how much?

Yes: There is an increasing rate of anal cancer associated with HPV in men wjho have sex with men. Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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Do genital warts lead to high risk cervical cancer. Which is the truth?

Do genital warts lead to high risk cervical cancer. Which is the truth?

Here are some...: The most practical known advice is to be diligent and vigilant to have annual PAP smear and colposcopy, which are within our control and what we can do, and I would not sit to imagine, speculate, and worry about that is beyond our control since life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, and continuation for survival and growth. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Will getting a HPV vaccine reduce my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Will getting a HPV vaccine reduce my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Yes!!!: Yes, at least 50%, or more, of all vaginal cancers are caused by hpv. That is in addition to essentially all cervical cancer, 50% of vulvar cancer, 70% plus of anal cacers, 70% of head and neck cancers and most non-melanoma skin cancers. Plus most abnormal paps and all genital warts. The vaccine works in 99.5% or receipients and is 95+% efficacious against vaginal cancer. ...Read more

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I've had the female HPV vaccination. How effective is this against cervical cancer?

I've had the female HPV vaccination. How effective is this against cervical cancer?

Very effective!: Congratulations on being vaccinated against HPV! It is one of the most effective vaccines ever developed, virtually 100% against the 2 HPV types that cause about 70% of cervical cancers. One of the two vaccines (Gardasil) also prevents genital warts. In the next year or so, there will be a new vaccine that covers additional types, preventing over 90% of the cancer-causing HPV infections. ...Read more

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I have low risk hpv.Genital warts will the HPV vaccine protect me from the other 3 hpv? Will the vaccine be effective in preventing hpv-related diseas

I have low risk hpv.Genital warts will the HPV vaccine protect me from the other 3 hpv? Will the vaccine be effective in preventing hpv-related diseas

Yes: If you get the 4 strain vaccine & have not been infected by the other three strains, the vaccine can benefit you in building your immune protection from those strains. ...Read more

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