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What's the average time and the shortest time from HPV infection to cervical cancer?

What's the average time and the shortest time from HPV infection to cervical cancer?

Between 10-20 years.: Hpv infection per se does not mean that one will develop cervical cancer. It depends upon the type of hpv infection. Types 16 and 18 are high risk hpv that can develop into cervical cancer. Befpre cancer develops, the cervix goes into stages of dysplasia.(mild, moderste, severe, in-situ cancer, that can be detected in regular pap smears and can be treated to prevent its progression to cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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Can cervical cancer develop within six months after HPV infection?

Can cervical cancer develop within six months after HPV infection?

Not likely: Most people who get hpv infection are able to eliminate the virus and do not have long lasting issues. The minority in whom it becomes part of the cells, usually take years to develop cancer. However, it is important to follow regular screening to monitor the changes in cells before these become cancerous. ...Read more

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I have only ever had 2 of 3 cervical cancer injections (hpv vaccinations) is this ok?

I have only ever had 2 of 3 cervical cancer injections (hpv vaccinations) is this ok?

Unpredictable : You likely have some protective antibody that may last for a while. However, the research on long term (decades)of protective antibodies were based on the full series. You can get the last dose at any point for long term benefit, as long as it is at least 6 months after the first. ...Read more

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How do you get HPV and cervical cancer? Can i get cervical cancer even if I have not had sex?

How do you get HPV and cervical cancer? Can i get cervical cancer even if I have not had sex?

Yes: Most common route of hpv transmission is via sexual intercourse. But even without intercourse - genital to genital contact, genital to hand, genital to oral contact are all ways of hpv transmission. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is cervical cancer or hpv?

Not either / or: These two things are not mutually exclusive and they are very different in presentation if not related. Cervical cancer is something that can be detected by a paps smear and pelvic exam by your gyn or primary doctor. While many cervical cancers are induced by hpv which is a virus, the common presence of hpv alone often is asymptomatic. ...Read more

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I am so scared that i will test positive for HPV and die from cervical cancer. I don't know what to do to calm my nerves. ?

I am so scared that i will test positive for HPV and die from cervical cancer. I don't know what to do to calm my nerves. ?

Take heart.: Hpv infection is common, but only a few subtypes progress to cancer. There is also a long lead time from infection to cervical cancer, so active surveillance with pap smears and colposcopy can significantly reduce the chance of developing advanced disease. This is an important public health concern, but if you are proactive, practice safe sex, & do not let anxiety consume you, you'll be just fine. ...Read more

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Can I get cervical cancer between my 3 months check ups from HPV? Will it develop in such short time? If so, will o need to shift monthly tests then??

Can I get cervical cancer between my 3 months check ups from HPV? Will it develop in such short time? If so, will o need to shift monthly tests then??

Follow the protocol: Depending on what shows up on your pap smear, you'll be given the length of time that's safe for follow-up. Cancers take time to develop and there are lengths of time that are reasonably safe for waiting. I'm glad that you understand the importance of this and wish you a good outcome. ...Read more

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What does pap (rlfx hpv hi when asc-us) mean? Do I have HPV? Do I have cervical cancer?

What does pap (rlfx hpv hi when asc-us) mean?  Do I have HPV?  Do I have cervical cancer?

Pap tests and HPV: The pap test for cervical cancer is very good when done regularly, but sometimes the findings are not certain for either benign or a possible pre-cancer. ASCUS is this atypical uncertain zone. So an immediate (reflex) HPV test then can tell which of these patients are most likely to need more urgent follow-up to make a dx, usually by colposcopy and biopsy.ASCUS w/ neg HPV means very low risk of ca ...Read more

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If ihave ccommon warts, does that mean I have HPV that could travel to my vagina eventually becoming cervical cancer?

If ihave ccommon warts, does that mean I have HPV that could travel to my vagina eventually becoming cervical cancer?

No: There are two types of hpv skin infections: cutaneous types causing nongenital warts; mucosal types responsible for anogenital warts, cervical dysplasia/cancer, and laryngeal papillomatosis. Current hpv vaccine provides protection against mucosal type infection. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more