While there has been a definite increase in Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) awareness, there is still a lack of information about this sexually transmitted virus and the affects that it can have on the body. One question that people are constantly asking is whether or not genital warts can cause cervical cancer. Here, we will take a much closer look at some of the things that you should know about this very important issue.
Can Genital Warts Cause Cervical Cancer?
The simple answer to this question is “no.” Genital warts, themselves, cannot cause cervical cancer. However, the HPV is held accountable for both genital warts and cervical cancer. There are many different strands of the Human Papilloma Virus. Some strands of HPV may cause genital warts, some may cause cervical cancer and some strands may cause both. So, while genital warts themselves are unable to cause cervical cancer, there is a possibility that you may have cervical cancer if you have contracted a strand of HPV that causes both genital warts and cancer.
Can Genital Warts Cause Other Types of Cancer?
The simple answer to this question is “no.” Though there is much debate in regards to this issue, it is believed that HPV can cause several other types of cancer, aside from cervical cancer. These types of cancer are penal cancer, prostrate cancer, anal cancer, and vulva cancer. It is important to apply the same answer to the last question to this answer – while genital warts themselves do not cause these types of cancer, it is possible for the Human Papilloma Virus to cause these types of cancer, as well as genital warts.
Can Genital Warts and Cervical Cancer Be Prevented?
Both genital warts and cervical cancer can be prevented. If you choose to have sexual intercourse, you should be sure to use condoms. Although there are not known to be 100% effective at preventing HPV, they will provide you with a certain degree of protection. It is also important to keep in mind that you will increase your chances of contracting genital warts or developing cancer due to HPV if you have sexual contact with more than one partner.
What Should You Do if You’ve Contracted Genital Warts?
If you think that you have contracted genital warts, the most important thing that you can do is visit your doctor. Not only should he or she prescribe you with a topical cream to treat the genital warts, but there is a good chance that your doctor will also want to go to extra measures to ensure that you do not have cancer that has been caused by the same strand of HPV. In order to receive the best treatment possible, the most important thing that you can do is be honest with your doctor about your sexual history. Being honest about the number of sexual partners, for example, is very important.
It is a very common misconception that genital warts can cause cervical cancer, or various other forms of cancer. Not only should you do all that you can to prevent yourself from contracting HPV, but you should also visit the doctor if you think that you may have contracted genital warts from a sexual partner. It is also important to make sure that you get a yearly Pap exam to ensure early detection of HPV, which is essential to effective treatment of cervical cancer that may affect you as a result of the STD.