Taking a Look at the Human Papillomavirus

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The term cancer evokes a great fear in many because there has yet been a cure found for the disease. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a pathogen that can cause cancer. HPV is one of the few cancer causing pathogens that has a vaccination that is already being administered to the general public. The administering of this vaccine would prevent millions of people from becoming infected. Each year about 14 million men and women are infected with the human papillomavirus, though many could be prevented. HPV is a widely contractible virus that can yield cancerous effects, but it is largely preventable via proper vaccination. Human papillomavirus is a virus that can cause warts, or as the name suggests papilloma, along with some types of cancers. Papillomas are benign tumors that in this case are caused by the human papillomavirus. Human papillomavirus is a group of over a hundred viruses with at least fifteen that are a high risk for causing cancer. HPV is usually passed from person to person during sexual intercourse, though it usually is addressed as a virus that can be passed via skin-to-skin contact. Human papillomavirus has been linked to cancers of the reproductive system, along with the head and neck. Cervical cancer is probably the most well known cancer that comes from certain strains of HPV. The strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer first start off as cervical dysplasia and may develop into cancer, but doesn’t always. Cervical dysplasia is the abnormal change to ones’

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