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"What is the chance that hpv will lead to cancer?"
If one is infected with HPV, which showed both cervical and oral symptoms in the form of warts, how likely is this to lead to cancer? Can oral/cervical cancer linked to hpv be prevented? What is the best way to remove oral warts?
HPV is a virus that has been shown to linked to cervical cancer as well as a few other cancers that are much less common. Because of HPV, women frequently undergo the pap smear to look for abnormal cells which can be the first sign of an HPV infection. The vast majority of women clear the HPV virus (meaning the immune system defeats the virus). If the virus does not go away, the pocket of abnormal cells can be removed by an OBGYN to prevent it from becoming cervical cancer. HPV transmission can be prevented by using condoms every time you have sex. In addition, you should see if you are eligible to receive the HPV vaccine (marketed as Gardisil). This has been shown to reduce the likelihood of infection. Oral warts can be removed with a variety of different methods. Depending on their location, a cream could be used, the freezing technique, or possibly surgical removal. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your OBGYN. The two of you can discuss what level of cervical lesion you had, and what treatment is best in your situation. This way you won't have to continue to worry about whether or not you will develop cancer later in life.
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