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How is human papilloma virus (HPV) linked to vaginal cancer?

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About nine out of every 10 vaginal cancer cases are linked to human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. This is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The FDA has approved two different vaccines to prevent HPV, but once you have it, it will most often go away on its own without treatment. When the infection lingers, though, it can cause cancer.

From: Vaginal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Vaginal Cancer Treatment.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention.”

CDC: “Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers.”

American Cancer Society: “Vaginal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Treatment for Women: Possible Sexual Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 19, 2020

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Vaginal Cancer Treatment.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention.”

CDC: “Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers.”

American Cancer Society: “Vaginal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Treatment for Women: Possible Sexual Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 19, 2020

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