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How can human papillomavirus (HPV) cause cervical cancer?

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HPV is a virus whose different types cause skin warts, genital warts, and other abnormal skin disorders. They also may change cervical cells in ways that may eventually lead to cancer. Certain types of HPV have also been linked to cancers involving the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, tongue, and tonsils. Genetic material that comes from certain forms of HPV (high-risk subtypes) has been found in cervical tissues that show cancerous or precancerous changes.

From: Cervical Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute.  FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Cervical Cancer Screening.” July, 2014. American Cancer Society. “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer” and "Survival Rates for Cervical Cancer, by Stage." U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. “Cervical Cancer: Screening.”




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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 14, 2018

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National Cancer Institute.  FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Cervical Cancer Screening.” July, 2014. American Cancer Society. “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer” and "Survival Rates for Cervical Cancer, by Stage." U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. “Cervical Cancer: Screening.”




U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. from eMedicineHealth.
Cervical Cancer

CDC.


 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 14, 2018

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