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HPV & Cancer Risks

HPV & Cancer Risks can effect people all over the world. The human papilomavirus (HPV) is the most common and widespread sexually transmitted disease in the country. There are at least 15 high-risk HPV strains that can cause cancer.  Up to 80% of men and women will contract HPV in their lifetime. For most people with a healthy immune system, the virus disappears from the body within one to three days.

Long-lasting infections with high-risk HPVs can cause cancer in parts of the body where HPV infects cells, such as in the cervix, oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth, including the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils), anus, rectum, penis, vagina, and vulva.

HPV infects the squamous cells that line the inner surfaces of these organs. For this reason, most HPV-related cancers are a type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Some cervical cancers come from HPV infection of gland cells in the cervix and are called adenocarcinomas.

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers radiation oncologist, Dr. Davis Romney and medical oncologist, Dr. Robert Yoo appeared on the ABC 15 show Sonoran Living to discuss HPV & Cancer Risks in our community.

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