A Link Between Cervical Cancer And Hpv

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Introduction Did you know there is more of a link between cervical cancer and HPV than smoking and lung cancer? Cervical cancer is currently the fourth most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of death from cancer in women. Along with those statistics, human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted viral disease amongst men and women worldwide. The prevalence of women having a strain of HPV that ultimately leads to or increases the chance of cervical cancer is highly relatable. What is pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, prevention, and treatments of this ailment? You might ask will be covered in the next few pages of this paper.
Pathophysiology
There are several strains of the human papillomavirus the highest risk strains for cervical cancer are HPV 16 and 18 those strains cause 70 percent of cervical cancer along with a few other high-risk strains. There are low-risk strains that cause things such as common warts, which are seen on the skin, or genital warts seen on the mucous membranes. For the purpose of this paper, we will only be covering strains that can lead to cervical cancer. Transmission of HPV is fairly easy which may be why it is so prominent in our society today. HPV is transmitted primarily by sexual activity but can also occur due to prolonged exposure to things like skin-to-skin interaction, or wear of clothing that has been chronically exposed to the virus. It is unlikely for HPV to be caused from blood-borne infection.…
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