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According to the CDC, the HPV types that cause warts are not the same as the HPV types that cause cancer. So is there a test to see if someone has the cancer causing types? Particularly in the anus.

According to the CDC, the HPV types that cause warts are not the same as the HPV types that cause cancer. So is there a test to see if someone has the cancer causing types? Particularly in the anus.

HPV DNA & RNA Tests: There are (geno)types of Human Papilloma Viruses that are either low risk or high risk (type 16 & 18) for causing cancer. HPV DNA or RNA tests can distinguish the type of virus and infections before cell abnormalities are detected. However the FDA approves these tests only for women with abnormal PAP test result or for cervical cancer screening among women over 30. Check this site: www.cancer.gov. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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If I have CIN 1- cell changes - does it mean I have the dangerous types of HPV that cause cancer?

If I have CIN 1- cell changes - does it mean I have the dangerous types of HPV that cause cancer?

Not necessarily: Your pap smear should also come with hpv typing to make that determination. Cin i is a very early change in the cervix and may or may not be a dangerous hpv type. ...Read more

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Could I have given my baby the type of HPV that causes cervical cancer during his birth? I don't have warts, just one abnormal pap 1 yr after birth.

Could I have given my baby the type of HPV that causes cervical cancer during his birth? I don't have warts, just one abnormal pap 1 yr after birth.

HPV: We don't do c sections for non genital hpv and even with the genital hpv, we only do it if the warts appear to be severe and or obstructive to the birth canal. I have not seen any issues in babies born to mothers of non wart hpv. In the us we think as many as 35% of women by age 25 have this form of hpv. ...Read more

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I have a wart growing in my nose. I also have the type of HPV that causes cancer. Should I be concerned about the wart causing cancer in my sinuses?

I have a wart growing in my nose. I also have the type of HPV that causes cancer.  Should I be concerned about the wart causing cancer in my sinuses?

Probably unrelated: Many non-wart growths can look like warts, so you need to see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis, and to make sure it isn't cancer itself. Probably not, but better safe than sorry. Even if you have a nasal wart, probably it is a different strain than the one you have (or had) in the genital area. Most genital HPV is cleared by the immune system; probably you don't have it any more. ...Read more

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Is there a test for genital warts when there are no visible signs? Or is the HPV test only done for high risk types that cause cancer?

Is there a test for genital warts when there are no visible signs? Or is the HPV test only done for high risk types that cause cancer?

HPV vaccine: Hpv vaccine protects against types 16 & 18 which are linked to increase in cancer risk. Gardasil also protects against 6 & 11 which are linked to genital warts. Testing for hpv type is typically performed in the lab at the time of pap smear reading. There's no good way to test for genital awards if warts aren't visible to naked eye. ...Read more

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How do doctors detect different types of cancers caused by hpv?

How do doctors detect different types of cancers caused by hpv?

Pap test...: High risk strains of hpv (human papilloma virus) can infect many body sites including the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, scrotum, perineum, anus, lips, oral lining, tongue and tonsils. The virus can cause warts, dysplasias (pre cancers) and cancers. The most common test to detect precancers is the pap test. Anal pap tests can also be performed. If lesions are present, these can be biopsied. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to detect differant types of cancers caused by hpv?

What do doctors do to detect differant types of cancers caused by hpv?

A number of things: Tests for HPV DNA are being done on routine pap smears more and more often and are beginning to replace cytology (looking at cells). If you are asking about when the patient already has cancer, the tumor itself can be tested for the presence of HPV by many methods. An antibody called "p16" is commonly used as well as a method called "in-situ hybridization." ...Read more

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Can HPV cause breat cancer?

Can HPV cause breat cancer?

Shown: Hpv has been detected in some breast cancer tissue but nothing has shown that it is the cause of it. It may however, play a role in contributing to its development or recurrence but it has not shown to cause it. ...Read more

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What kind of cancer does HPV cause in men?

What kind of cancer does HPV cause in men?

It can cause a few: HPV is most known for cervical cancer in women, but obviously this is not an issue. It is becoming well established that it is a major cause of cancer of the head and neck, particularly squamous cell cancer of the oropharynx. The other cancer it causes that is becoming much more common is anal cancer. It can also cause penile cancer, but is less commonly seen in this setting. ...Read more

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