• HPV and associated cancers

    Asked by joey on Thursday, July 19, 2012

    HPV and associated cancers

    Who has experienced cancers caused by HPV? How were they detected? Once my HPV was diagnosed along with vaginal cancer, drs did not suggest follow up with additional testing of other areas where HPV is known to cause cancer. What are suggestions/experiences of others?

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    • SunnyDay's Avatar

      Hi Joey, thanks for asking this question. I too am very interested and looking for answers to the HPV question I sure hope someone has answers for us. The one thing my Gyno. Dr said is that everyone carries the HPV virus and extreme stress lowers the immune system and allowed the cancer to be triggered. My Vulvar cancer was detected during an annual pap exam. I had two small mole looking lesions on the outside at six o'clock. One white and one brown. the pap came back normal which it always had since I had a hystromecty in1971 due to hyperdisplacia (pre cancer) I had had pap smears annually ever since. The funny thing is that my Dr. Of 15years said since I hadnt

      almost 9 years ago
    • SunnyDay's Avatar

      I had not had any abnormal paps I could go three years before I needed another. Thank God I moved across country and got a new primary care Dr. who said I should see a Gynecologist . I showed her my medical records from my old dr. She said I should see the Gyno. anyway. When I saw the Gyno she insisted on the pap and discovered the Vulvar lesions and the rest is history. Day three after laser treatment continuing to heal but very tired. I went to sleep last night at one thirty and woke up at eleven. I fell asleep at one pm and woke up at five. Otherwise things are great. Talk to you tomorrow.

      almost 9 years ago
    • joey's Avatar

      Good morning SunnyDay,
      I really appreciate your response to my question. Because of the stigma associate with HPV and it being considered an STD, it has been difficult to not only get answers but to ask them as well. Unfortunately, HPV has become epidemic with over 50% of the adult population infected. It is not a disease that is easily treated or even diagnosed and once it rears it's ugly head, the damage is already done. Therefore, now that I am aware, I am attempting to have my Drs. address it as a disease that affects me as a whole and not just parts and pieces even to the point of sounding like a hypochondriac. And maybe that is what I've become because now it seems that every lump and bump is another potential site of cancer. Dang, gotta get over this!

      almost 9 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      HPV is the leading cause for Cervical cancer and also is considered a cause for Esophageal and Anal cancer. It is one of the few cancers that has pre-cancerous cells and so it can be found early. Because of the proximity of the cervix to the vaginal vault, the vulva, and the endo-cervix, there is risk of spreading there. In the US, Cervical cancer is the 6th leading cancers for women, in Europe, it is number one. It is also now classified as an STD and an opportunistic infection of HIV/AIDS. The best way to monitor HPV is with PAP smears and to be aware of any symptoms of cervical cancer like a discharge. It is true that you would be hard pressed to find a man who isnt a carrier and although there is a stigma attached to it, it is a virus pure and simple, don't give it any more power than it has, stigmas are not what defines you. As long as your doctor is monitoring it, you should be fine.

      almost 9 years ago

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