So first things first. What is HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a commonly transmitted virus among sexually active adults.

80%

sexually active

Men & women get infected with HPV

At some points in their lifetime!

But chances are, you’re going to contract it &

not even know you have it!

Because in most cases, the symptoms go away on their own.

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cervical cancer causes

There are more than 100 types of HPV, of which at least 14 are cancer-causing.

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HPV IS SO commonly transmitted

that nearly all sexually active men and women get the virus at some point in their lives.

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Cervical cancer is the 2nd most

frequent & common cancer among Indian women.

HPV is the cause of almost all cases of cervical cancer in India

HPV infections are the root cause of almost
5%

of cancers worldwide

WHY SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

Apart from Cervical Cancer, HPV can also cause Genital Warts and other types of cancers, like cancers of the Vulva, Vagina, or Anus.

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if it’s so common,why do you need to stay protected from it?

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Cervical cancer

Every 9 minutes 1 woman loses her battle to Cervical Cancer in India.

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Women with immunocompromised systems are more likely to have persistent HPV infections. Such cases typically demonstrate a faster progression to pre-cancer and cancer.

Apart from cervical cancer, HPV can cause other cancers as well including cancer of the vulva and vagina. Some strains of HPV can also cause genital warts.

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Let’s understand some HPV related cancers and conditions!

  • Cervical Cancer
  • vulvar Cancer
  • vaginal Cancer
  • genital warts
  • Cervical Cancer

Most HPV infections clear out on their own. However, the Human Papillomavirus doesn’t go away on its own. This can cause growth of abnormal cells to begin in the cervix. If left untreated, these cells may develop into cervical cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of more-advanced cervical cancer include.

  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause
  • Watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor
  • Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse
  • cervical cancer
  • vulvar Cancer

The vulva is the outer part of the female genitals. The vulva includes the opening of the vagina (sometimes called the vestibule), the labia majora (outer lips), the labia minora (inner lips), and the clitoris. Cancer of the vulva most often affects the inner edges of the labia majora or the labia minora.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Itching that doesn’t go away
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Bleeding that isn’t from menstruation
  • Skin changes, such as color changes or thickening
  • A lump, wart-like bumps or an open sore (ulcer)
  • vulvar-cancer
  • vaginal Cancer

Vaginal cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in the vagina — the muscular tube that connects the uterus with the outer genitals. Vaginal cancer most commonly occurs in the cells that line the surface of the vagina, which is sometimes called the birth canal.

Signs & Symptoms

Early vaginal cancer may not cause any signs and symptoms. As it progresses, vaginal cancer may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding, for example, after intercourse or after menopause
  • Watery vaginal discharge
  • A lump or mass in vagina
  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • vaginal-cancer
  • genital warts

Warts can appear anywhere on the body. They are usually caused by viruses that have infected the host body. The warts that show up in the genital area are caused by HPV and are easily transmitted by sexual contact. Low-risk HPV strains, such as HPV 6 and 11, cause about 90% of genital warts. Some strains of genital HPV can cause genital warts, while others can cause cancer.

Signs & symptoms

Genital Warts look like small, flesh-colored bumps or have a cauliflower-like appearance. In many cases, the warts are too small to be visible.

Genital warts majorly grow on the vulva for women. It can also appear on the walls of the vagina, and the area between the external genitals and the anus, the anal canal, and the cervix for women.

  • Small, flesh-colored, brown or pink swellings in the genital area
  • A cauliflower-like shape caused by several warts close together
  • Itching or discomfort in the genital area
  • Bleeding with intercourse
  • genital-warts

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HPV - Human Papillomavirus

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is meant for awareness only and not meant to substitute doctors advice. Please speak to your doctor for more information

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