More than cervical cancer is caused by HPV...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report Monday detailing how the human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for over 25,000 cases of cancer over the last five years. While you may think all the cases were cervical cancer, think again. We are seeing people diagnosed with oral and anal cancer because of the virus, too! As we more research is conducted, we are discovering HPV's role in many types of cancer.
How Does It Affect You?HPV is a virus that just about everyone will be infected with at one time or another during their lifetime. Some may never suffer health consequences from the virus and never even know they were infected, while others may develop serious conditions like cancer. The study proves a need for better screening methods in women and men. For women, we have the Pap smear and the HPV DNA test. However, in men, there is no standard method of screening for HPV.
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