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How many/what strains of HPV warts cause penile cancer?

How many/what strains of HPV warts cause penile cancer?

Genital warts: The hpv types that cause external visible warts (hpv types 6 and 11) rarely cause cancer. Other hpv types (most often types 16, 18, 31, 33 and 35) are less common in visible warts but are strongly associated with penile and vulvar intra-epithelial neoplasia (pre-cancerous changes) and squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of the genital area especially cervical cancer and less frequently invasive vulvar c. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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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 you let me know how many/what strains of HPV (genital warts) cause penile cancer?

Can you let me know how many/what strains of HPV (genital warts) cause penile cancer?

See below: Most cases of penile cancer are due to hpv 16, 18, 31, and 45. These are the same oncogenic (cancer-causing) strains that have been implicated in the development of cervical cancer, anal cancer, and squamous cell cancers of the mouth, head, and neck. Other strains have also been reported to cause cancer as well. ...Read more

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My derm says that repeated cryo for penile warts is + likely to cause scarring and sensation loss than imiquimod. True? He says imiquimod doesn't harm healthy tissue. It harms whatever it touches, no?

My derm says that repeated cryo for penile warts is + likely to cause scarring and sensation loss than imiquimod. True? He says imiquimod doesn't harm healthy tissue. It harms whatever it touches, no?

Yes, but! : Yes Imiquimod could harm whatever tissue it touches, but for penile warts if you have a lot, you may get better results with the cream then with cryo. Cryo can cause scarring and does hurt a lot when applied. Plus with the cream you can do it on your own without having frequent returns to the doctors office for cryo. Try the cream first if that's what your doctor suggested! ...Read more

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I am currently treating HPV warts. Do the strands that cause warts cause cancer? Is penile cancer rare in circumcised men?

I am currently treating HPV warts. Do the strands that cause warts cause cancer? Is penile cancer rare in circumcised men?

Not so much: The really nasty warts are usually caused by strains that are less likely to produce cancer, but don't get complacent. The good news is that if you keep a good eye on yourself and your physician checks you regularly, you can get any little cancers removed before they mutilate you. Checks every few months for the rest of your life should be okay. ...Read more

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What the risk of penile cancer from past HPV warts? I've heard conflicting information.I've also read it's almost nonexistent in circumcised men.True?

What the risk of penile cancer from past HPV warts? I've heard conflicting information.I've also read it's almost nonexistent in circumcised men.True?

Yes, ...: Penile cancer has its storng connection with long tight foreskin, and in some cases, some subtypes of HPV like 16 & 18 have been blamed, But, in reality, I would not worry about such as long as the whole glans penis and foreskin can be well exposed and cleansed. To help live a realistic life, peruse articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. More? Contact me as needed. ...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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Have two warts onbase of penis and only have been with one person who does not have hpv?

Have two warts onbase of penis and only have been with one person who does not have hpv?

Genital warts?: First, there are skin bumps other than warts, so be sure the diagnosis is correct. Second, you can't tell if your partner has had HPV; there is no test that shows for sure if someone is or isn't infected. (If the other person has had even one other sex partner, s/he could be infected.) Even if you have genital warts, no big deal: it's not serious, easily treated, will clear up. ...Read more

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Is a wart on the penis always hpv?

Is a wart on the penis always hpv?

No: A wart on the penis is not always hpv. There can be a verruca wart that occurs on the skin of the penis. Statistically speaking though, most warts on the genitals tend to be hpv related. ...Read more

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I don't have any warts just a rash on penis hpv?

I don't have any warts just a rash on penis hpv?

Have it checked: It would probably be best to have the rash checked by your doctor to see what it is. Many rashes can appear on the penis and several are sexually transmitted. If you don't have a doctor, dermatology or urology might be best to see you. ...Read more

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Can the warts on my anus cause by HPV spread to my penis?

Can the warts on my anus cause by HPV spread to my penis?

Yes it can: But more important is that we are seeing an increase incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the anus secondary to hpv and warts. Get the warts removed and get regular exams of that area with a colon and rectal surgeon to check for development of anal carcinoma. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to spread anal warts from HPV to the penis?

Are there any ways to spread anal warts from HPV to the penis?

Yes: Certainly very likely during anal intercourse. Risk for male to have anal warts spread from his anus to his own penis. Would advise against sex until all anal warts have been treated. ...Read more

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Warts on penis burned off over 5 years ago. Reappear in the same spot, is it HPV or herpes ?

HPV: HPV is a family of viruses with the ability to hibernate in your body and reappear over time. The primary symptoms/warts can be burned/frozen or dissolved by acid but that only takes care of the visible HPV.You can also shed and spread the virus off and on whether you see lesions or not. ...Read more

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Hi i'm 24 white and have noticed some bumps on my penis. Flesh colour like above the 4 skin . What is the best way i can tell if it HPV or warts ?

No,...: Are they new and increasing in size and number? If so, it is most likely warts. Note: the hpv-exposed men wouldn't always develop warts; if developed, it is usually in 2-3 months after exposure to hpv, almost always sex-related although very rare autoinnoculation from non-genital sites does exist. So, see doc timely. ...Read more

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My girlfriend diagnosed with high risk 56 HPV ,so do I have the same strand ? Actually I see some white grains on my penis shaft so does it warts

May be & may not...: Being exposed to HPV does not mean you will contract it and contracting it does mean you will develop wart, reflecting your immune ability to defend yourself. As to what you see on penile shaft, time will tell by watch its possible growth, which may manifest its unique appearance. So, watch, wait, and see for now, and seek evaluation & counseling timely as needed. ...Read more

Penile (Definition)

This is a combining form referencing the penis and used when describing some condition of this organ such as penile inflammation, penile ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more