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How Old Can You Be 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
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
What is the recommended age to get cervical cancer vaccine? My partner is 26 yrs old female and still hasn't gotten vaccinated yet.
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 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
Can an 18 years old virgin get cervical cancer?
And if the tests proved she had. Can she be treated and have kids?
Not likely: It would be exceedingly rare for that to happen, but, with early detection ad treatment, kids would be possible. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Through sex mostly: The human papilloma virus, or hpv, is spread by sexual intercourse and increases the risk of cervical, anal and penile cancers. This is why the hpv vaccine lowers the risk of cervical cancer and is recommended (for complete preventive recommendations, see the my health checklist iphone app). Smoking is the only consistent nonsexual risk factor, according to the us preventive services task force. ...Read more
HPV infection...: Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the dna virus called human papillomavirus (hpv). This virus is most commonly spread by sexual contact, and certain viral strains can incorporate into human dna and cause human cells to proliferate outside of normal cell growth control causing dysplasia (precancer) and then possibly cancer. The pap test is a screening test to detect this. ...Read more
CANCER CAN RECUR: Like any cancer, cervical cancer can recur in same place (local recurrence) or 'pop up' in a distant place (metastatic recurrence). Therefore, close surveillance is recommended for cervical cancer with frequent pap smears/exams/scans. If the cervix has been totally removed then local recurrence is less likely but still possible. ...Read more
Yes.: Most cases of invasive cervical cancer happen to women over 30 years of age, but in some instances, invasive cervical cancer can happen at younger ages. If a woman is exposed to a high risk strain of hpv at a young age (through sexual activity) and if her immune system is not successful at clearing the virus, then she could develop cancer in her twenties. A pap test is good prevention. ...Read more
Yes.: Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by infection with human papilloma virus (hpv). Hpv can be transmitted sexually via skin to genital contact without necessarily engaging in intercourse. Therefore, women who have never had sex can still acquire hpv which would put them at risk for developing cervical cancer. ...Read more
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