Can the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Cause Cancer?
The human papilloma virus, also known as HPV, is viral infection which attacks the reproductive system in both men and women. Fortunately, HPV is treatable, with some medications available through an online doctor prescription. Speaking with a doctor online minimizes the sometimes-embarrassing feelings associated with sexual disorders and infections. There's no doctor office wait, no drive to the clinic, and no long lines at the pharmacy.
HPV is extremely common and, in many cases, completely treatable. Moffitt Cancer Center advises, "An estimated 80 million Americans are living with HPV. It is so common that most men and women will become infected with one of the more than 100 types of HPV at some point in their lives. For most, the virus will clear the body or become dormant within a year. But some HPV types can persist and lead to cancers including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile and head and neck." It's important to see a doctor as soon as symptoms arise. The earlier HPV is treated, the more likely it is to clear your system and leave no trace behind.
Here, we'll discuss the causes, treatments, symptoms, and dangers of HPV. We'll also look deeper into HPV's connection with cancer. Here's what you need to know about the human papilloma virus.
Causes of HPV
Being a virus, HPV is easily transferred through touch when bodily fluid or open wounds are touched by another. Skin to skin contact is the most common method of spreading HVP. Genital infections caused by HPV are generally due to sexual intercourse, oral, vaginal, or anal. Oral HPV causes lesions in the respiratory system. According to the World Health Organization, "The peak time for acquiring infection for both women and men is shortly after becoming sexually active. HPV is sexually transmitted, but penetrative sex is not required for transmission. Skin-to-skin genital contact is a well-recognized mode of transmission."
Like some other sexual disorders and infections, HPV can be transferred from a pregnant mother to her child during childbirth during a flare-up. In rare cases some children born this way develop growths on their larynx (voice box).
You are more likely to be infected by HPV if you have unprotected sex, sexual intercourse with multiple partners, have a weakened immune system, are a young adult, have a cut or damage to skin which allows infection to develop.
Symptoms of HPV
HPV symptoms commonly occur on or around the genitals. Small clusters of warts or singular warts often develop on the vulva, penis, scrotum, and sometimes the cervix. These warts can also develop in the anus, or other areas where the infection has spread. According to Planned Parenthood, "HPV infections turn normal cells into abnormal cells - called precancerous cells. If you don't remove these precancerous cells, they can keep growing and become cancer. The 2 most common types of cancer caused by HPV are cervical cancer and oral cancer."
Unfortunately, there aren't many symptoms of high-risk HPV, until it becomes cancer. This is one reason it's so important to be tested regularly by your physician, especially if you are sexually active with more than one partner.
Treatments for HPV
Depending on the type and stage of your HPV, your doctor may treat in in different ways. First, he or she will diagnose the HPV through a Pap or DNA test. Next, you will be treated for external symptoms of the HPV, like warts. There are a variety of methods to remove warts, including:
- Imiquimod - Imiquimod is a topical cream which is prescribed to fight HPV by improving your immune system. Some users may notice the delivery site to be slightly tender after treatment.
- Podofilox - A tad stronger than Imiquimod, Podofilox is a secondary topical treatment which helps break down the tissue of the genital warts. It requires a doctor's prescription for use.
- Salicylic acid - Whether prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter at any pharmacy, salicylic acid is a common wart treatment. Applied topically, it slowly eliminates layers or skin until the wart is gone.
- Trichloroacetic acid - Trichloroacetic acid is a strong chemical applied to warts to burn them. It can leave a stingy sensation or irritate skin around the application site.
Sometimes doctors will recommend more extreme treatments for wart removal such as cryotherapy, laser removal, or surgery. If your HPV is affecting your cervix, your doctor will perform a colposcopy to biopsy the unusual tissue. Any foreign precancerous sites will be removed surgically.
While some of these treatments require the assistance of an in-house doctor (surgery), other topical treatments can be achieved through an online doctor consultation.
Online Doctor Prescriptions for HPV
Online doctors are a safe and secure method of obtaining your medication without the hassle of visiting a local clinic. Following a brief online doctor consultation your online doctor will write or renew a prescription.
The prescription is then shipped to your nearest local pharmacy for pickup. Online doctor services are affordable, effective, and discreet. Many men and women suffering from sexual disorders choose a doctor online to save themselves trying to explain their condition to wait room staff while curious patients hover.
Connections between HPV and Cancer
So, the question remains, is there a connection between HPV and Cancer? The answer is yes. There is a strong link between HPV and cancer, especially if the HPV goes untreated. The National Cancer Institute explains, "In the United States, high-risk HPVs cause 3% of all cancers in women and 2% of all cancers in men. There are about 44,000 new cases of cancer in parts of the body where HPV is often found, and HPV is estimated to cause about 34,000 cancers each year..." Fortunately, there is an HPV vaccine now available to prevent these high-risk infections from developing.
If you've contracted HPV, or are concerned your partner might have HPV, ask your doctor about getting tested. Regular sexual health tests will help reduce the risk of developing HPV-related cancers in the future.
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