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Doctor insights on: Human Papillomavirus Vaginal Cancer

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I have human papillomavirus. Does this increase my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

I have human papillomavirus. Does this increase my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Yes!: Yes, hpv directly causes at least 50% of all vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as all cerivical cancers, much of anal cancers, 70% of head-and-neck cancers and most non-melanoma skin cancers amongst other problems! that's a ton of cancers from one virus! ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Are vulval cancer and vaginal cancer caused by hpv?

Are vulval cancer and vaginal cancer caused by hpv?

Associated: Hpv is associated with genital areas for warts and cancers in men and women which can include inside into the vagina and cervix and anus. Head and neck linings can also be associated with hpv. What I am saying hpv does not always lead to or cause these cancers and these cancers can occur without hpv. Gardasil vaccines can help prevent hpv. ...Read more

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If total hyst but still abnormal pap from bad HPV types, what are chances of vaginal cancer?

Low: Hpv has many types: types 16 and 18 are more biologically significant than 6 and 11. If you have had your cervix removed as part of the hystrectomy, you will not get cervical cancer. If you had dysplasia of the cervix, you can also have dysplasia of the vagina and vulva by the same hpv. A pap smear can be done of the vagina or biopsies of the vulva to exclude these possible sites. ...Read more

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Will getting a HPV vaccine reduce my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Will getting a HPV vaccine reduce my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Yes!!!: Yes, at least 50%, or more, of all vaginal cancers are caused by hpv. That is in addition to essentially all cervical cancer, 50% of vulvar cancer, 70% plus of anal cacers, 70% of head and neck cancers and most non-melanoma skin cancers. Plus most abnormal paps and all genital warts. The vaccine works in 99.5% or receipients and is 95+% efficacious against vaginal cancer. ...Read more

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Does human papillomavirus cause all cervical cancer?

Does human papillomavirus cause all cervical cancer?

Not quite: It is very prevalent and typically type 16 and 18 are the culprits, however it probably isn't accurate to say 'all' are caused by it. ...Read more

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What’s new in vaginal cancer research?

Several things: Scientists are learning more about tumor suppressor genes, refining radiation therapy techniques, and developing new procedures for reconstruction after surgery. ...Read more

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Can kids get vaginal cancer?

One kind, rarely: There is one rare type of vaginal cancer that is usually seen in young girls. It is called sarcoma botryoides or embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, and looks like a bunch of grapes that hang out through the opening of the vagina. It can be treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation. ...Read more

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How does vaginal cancer affect the body?

How does vaginal cancer affect the body?

Local and distant: Vaginal cancer is uncommon, it is associated with hpv infection, local lesion is usually an ulcerated mass with bleeding and invasion into surrounding tissues and lymph nodes and later spread to other organs. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-cancer/ds00812. ...Read more

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Does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

Does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

Timeline of cancer: Most cancers of the vagina will be squamous cell carcinomas that arise from a focus of dysplasia (premalignant change). This change can take a very long time or can happen within months. If the tumor becomes invasive it can spread quickly. ...Read more

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Do you necessarily have to go through chemotherapy if you have vaginal cancer?

Do you necessarily have to go through chemotherapy if you have vaginal cancer?

No, depends.: You should be seeing a gyn-oncologist, but it depends on the severity and size of the vaginal cancer. Typically, radiation may be necessary, again it depends on the severity and size as determined by initial surgery for removal and staging of the cancer. ...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. John Geisler
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