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Is an 18 year-old girl old enough to get cervical cancer?

Is an 18 year-old girl old enough to get cervical cancer?

Yes.: Though cervical cancer usually takes many years to progress and develop, if a girl becomes sexually active at a relatively young age and is infected with the hpv virus, it is possible for her to develop cervical cancer. This cancer is very treatable if caught early, so that is why annual pap smears are essential. Also, the hpv vaccine can help to prevent infection in the 1st place. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is the recommended age to get cervical cancer vaccine? My partner is 26 yrs old female and still hasn't gotten vaccinated yet.

What is the recommended age to get cervical cancer vaccine? My partner is 26 yrs old female and still hasn't gotten vaccinated yet.

It's time!: The hpv vaccine is approved starting at 9 years of age and is recommended to be given at age 11. It is a series of 3 shots. The vaccines can be given up to age 45. Talk to your doctor or gynecologist! ...Read more

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How common is it for a 17-year old to get cervical cancer with genital warts and an iud? I have had the IUD for 4 years now. And, i just got rid of my genital warts. But, I do not get regular pap tests.

How common is it for a 17-year old to get cervical cancer with genital warts and an iud? I have had the IUD for 4 years now. And, i just got rid of my genital warts. But, I do not get regular pap tests.

The : The fact that you have genital warts means you have been exposed to the hpv virus, there are 100's of types of hpv, some causing warts, and other types causing cervical cancer. The only way to tell if you have cervical changes from hpv is to have a pap smear. However, new guidelines from the american college of gynecologists (acog) recommend pap smears not be done until age 21.

Acog states, " although the rate of hpv infection is high among sexually active adolescents, invasive cervical cancer is very rare in women under-age 21. The immune system clears the hpv infection within one to two years among most adolescent women. Because the adolescent cervix is immature, there is a higher incidence of hpv-related precancerous lesions (called dysplasia). However, the large majority of cervical dysplasias in adolescents resolve on their own without treatment"

You should still visit your doctor for their input, and other testing, mainly std when indicated.
Even though you have an iud, you still need to protect yourself against std's, this can be done by using condoms with any sexual encounter, including oral, anal, and genital.

Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 20 years old and some of my friends have told me that I can get a shot to keep me from getting cervical cancer. Is it true?

I am 20 years old and some of my friends have told me that I can get a shot to keep me from getting cervical cancer. Is it true?

Yes: In the US, there are two vaccines for human papilloma virus. There are many strains of HPV. Some are more virulent than others. One vaccine prevents 4 types of HPV, and the other prevents 2 types. These are a few of the more aggressive types.HPV is very common in the US. Prevention of any kind, be it vaccine or condoms, or abstinence, is recommended. Boys and girls, 9 up to 27 should get vaccinated. ...Read more

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When I was 14 years old, I had cryosurgery done because of cervical cancer. Can I get pregnant?

When I was 14 years old, I had cryosurgery done because of cervical cancer. Can I get pregnant?

Yes: Cryosurgery removes some cell from the outside of the cervix, but does not usually lower the chance for pregnancy to occur... Unless significant scarring occurred after the procedure. Depending on how much of the cervix was removed, it may increase the risk of miscarriage. Both of these answers should be easy for an ob-gyn or family doctor to tell you after an examination. ...Read more

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Why do girls have to wait until 21 to get a Pap smear, couldn't a 20-year old have cervical cancer?

Why do girls have to wait until 21 to get a Pap smear, couldn't a 20-year old have cervical cancer?

Takes time: It takes time for dysplastic changes to take place in the cervix after infection with HPV. It doesn't happen overnight, rather years. However, if a girl becomes sexually active at a young age, like early teens, then SHOULD have an earlier first Pap smear. It's not a one size fits all recommendation. ...Read more

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I'm a 21 yr old female and have HPV along with abnormal cells what are the chances of getting cervical cancer? And how often should I get a pap smear?

I'm a 21 yr old female and have HPV along with abnormal cells what are the chances of getting cervical cancer? And how often should I get a pap smear?

Possible: Keeping up with the changes in your pap smear are the primary way you can recognize and treat the issue before it becomes a threat. The timing is best determined by the OBGYN who is following your case. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get cervical cancer?

Is it unusual to get cervical cancer?

Depends on exposure: Cervical cancer is a malignant lesion of the opening of the mouth of the uterus. It begins as an insitu lesion with no symptoms and progresses to an ulcerating hemorrhagic tumor that can be difficult to treat. It arises from the HPV virus in uncircumsized males growing in the foreskin of the penis. If a woman gets cervical cancer her husband or partner stills has the penile foreskin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the youngest age to get cervical cancer at?

Can you tell me what is the youngest age to get cervical cancer at?

Twenties...: Many factors are important at determining if someone may experience cervical cancer. Nearly all cervix cancers are caused by hpv. The duration of infection and specific strain of virus are important. Nutrition and the immune status of the patient are also important. Smokers have a higher risk. I know of a 24-year-old woman with invasive cervical cancer. If you are worried, get a pap test. ...Read more

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Why are some women more likely to get cervical cancer than other women?

Why are some women more likely to get cervical cancer than other women?

Risk factors vary: The most common type of cervical cancer is squamous cell cervical cancer, and this often arises after infection with the human papillomavirus (hpv). Hpv is a sexually transmitted disease (std) which is also associated with genital warts. Women who have been exposed to hpv or who have reduced immune function or who are at risk for other STDs are at higher risk for cervical cancer. ...Read more

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In order to get cervical cancer you must first go thru precancerous cells? If yes How long it takes from there to cancer aproximatly? Thank you

In order to get cervical cancer you must first go thru precancerous cells? If yes How long it takes from there to cancer aproximatly? Thank you

Yes, 7-10 years: Cells do not go from normal to cancerous overnight. Instead, they become precancerous and it takes 7-20 years to progress (though often it regresses and heals on its own).
Thus, screening by pap smear every 3-5 years can prevent most cervical cancer.
See http://screening.iarc.fr/doc/RH_natural_history_of_cc_fs.pdf ...Read more

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Is it important to. Get cervical cancer injection to prevent it. From what age?

Is it important to. Get cervical cancer injection to prevent it. From what age?

Hpv vaccine: Recommended for 11- or 12-year-old girls and boys. The vaccine series can be started beginning at age 9 years. Vaccination is also recommended for 13- through 26-year-old females and 13- through 21-year-old males who have not completed the vaccine series. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cervical cancer from anything other than hpv?

Is it possible to get cervical cancer from anything other than hpv?

Other risk factors: Cervical cancer is commoner in women who start having sex early, have multiple partners, and use tobacco. About 80% of the cervical cancers are associated with hpv, the exact cause of the remaining ones is not generally known. ...Read more

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Does your partner have to have STD for you to get cervical cancer?

No: Most, but not all, cervical cancers are related to a human papilloma virus infection. Your physician can have the cancer specimen evaluated for hpv. ...Read more

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After mom took DES in pregnancy is it possible to get cervical cancer from this?

After mom took DES in pregnancy is it possible to get cervical cancer from this?

Vaginal cancer: Des is associated with the development of vaginal adenosis and clear cell carcinoma of the vagina in the offspring of women who took DES during pregnancy. These lesions often occur in girls and young women. Carcinoma of the cervix may occur. Des use was discontinued about 30+ years ago. Regular checks ups with your doctor are advised, even without DES exposure. ...Read more

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HPV vaccination only helps not to get cervical cancer? Or do they also help block CINs away as well as other types of HPV? Are they lifetime shots too?

HPV vaccination only helps not to get cervical cancer? Or do they also help block CINs away as well as other types of HPV? Are they lifetime shots too?

Gardasil vaccine...: Gardasil vaccine prevents 4 types of HPV, which cause 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. A new version Gardasil-9 covers 5 more types (9 total), to prevent 90% of cervical cancers and CIN; ask if available in your country. Vaccine only prevents new HPV, no effect on existing HPV or CIN. 3 doses over 6 months. Research continuing on possible booster dose a few years later, but probably no need. ...Read more

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How definite is it to get cervical cancer by HPV? 100%? Do all patients carrying the virus get it even with proper observation and tests? Is HPV fatal?

How definite is it to get cervical cancer by HPV? 100%? Do all patients carrying the virus get it even with proper observation and tests? Is HPV fatal?

No. Not at all.: HPV is dozens of different viruses and several of them make it possible for a woman to get cervical cancer. However, if you keep up surveillance, your chance of dying of this are near zero. And most women with these strains won't have problems, period. If you've not been immunized and have the chance, ask your physician about this. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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