HPV & Cervical Cancer: What Are My Chances?

What are the chances I’ll get cervical cancer from HPV?, Does cancer occur immediately?, What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?, Can Cervical Cancer be prevented?

What are the chances I’ll get cervical cancer from HPV?

Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer caused by HPV. In 2012, it was estimated that there were over 500,000 new cervical cancer cases worldwide. Over half of those women lose their lives, which is one of the reasons why I wrote this book. Cervical cancer is considered a major health problem, since this cancer usually appears in young women.

Among women infected with oncogenic (tumor producing) HPV, 10% do not manage to easily suppress the infection or prevent recurrences. This small percentage of women is at a higher risk of developing premalignant lesions and cervical cancer in the future.

Does cancer occur immediately?

No. It takes years for cervical cancer to develop from an HPV infection

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

While very woman is different, some common symptoms may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
  • Increase of blood quantity during menstruation
  • Bloody vaginal discharge
  • Odorous vaginal discharge, sometimes with blood traces

In cases of advanced cervical cancer, symptoms can include, but aren’t limited to: pelvic pain, difficulty urinating, swollen feet, and/or swollen lymph nodes.

Diagnosis of cervical cancer requires a biopsy so speak to your doctor about your concerns.:

Can Cervical Cancer be prevented?

With regular check-ups, it is possible for doctors to detect suspicious cells with a Pap smear. With an HPV test, doctors will be able to identify the types of HPV infection. Based on any findings, women undergo a colposcopy, which is a procedure that examines the cervix, as well as the vagina and vulva, for signs of disease. If there are any premalignant lesions found, they can be treated.

Regular screening can reduce cervical cancer occurrence by at least 80%! For young girls, a combination of regular screenings and the HPV vaccine can significantly reduce future risks.