HPV comes with potentially serious consequences.

HPV-RELATED CANCERS AND DISEASES.

Although more than 40 genital types of human papillomavirus (HPV) exist, only certain types can cause certain HPV-related cancers and diseases in both males and females.

It’s important for parents to learn about these potentially serious consequences to help protect their children.

Scroll down and tap on any of the HPV-related cancers and diseases below to learn more.

 
To learn how you can help protect your child from certain HPV-related cancers and diseases, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional today.

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HPV and Cervical Cancer in Females

What Is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer doesn’t run in the family like some other cancers. Virtually all cervical cancer is caused by HPV.

If a woman has an infection from certain types of HPV, and the infection doesn’t go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop in her cervix (the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina).

If these abnormal cells aren’t found through routine cervical cancer screening and treated, cervical cancer can develop. That's why it's important for women to get regular screenings.

In fact, women in their teens and 20s may be more vulnerable to certain infections than older women. That's why it's important for parents to talk to their child’s doctor before their child becomes sexually active.

To learn more about the link between cervical cancer and HPV, talk to your child’s doctor.

HPV and Anal Cancer in Males and Females

What Is Anal Cancer?

Anal cancer occurs in the opening at the lower end of the intestines (bowels). Although anal cancer can sometimes have no symptoms, minor rectal bleeding is usually the first sign.

Anal cancer rates have been increasing in the United States.

To learn more about the link between anal cancer and HPV, talk to your child’s doctor.

HPV: Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers in Females

What Are Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers?

Vaginal cancer occurs in the woman’s birth canal (vagina), which connects the bottom of the uterus to the outside of her body.

This type of cancer usually has no symptoms early on. However, when symptoms occur, they include pain in the pelvis, abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding, or blood in the urine or stool.

Unlike vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer usually has symptoms. They include pain in the pelvis, color and skin changes, sores or lumps, itching, burning, and bleeding on the vulva (outer part of a woman’s genital organs).

Treatment for these types of cancer is most effective when the cancer is caught early on.

To learn more about the link between vaginal and vulvar cancers and HPV, talk to your child’s doctor.

HPV-Related Diseases: Genital Warts in Males and Females

What Are Genital Warts?

Genital warts are easily spread and can affect both males and females.

About 3 out of 4 people will get genital warts after having any kind of genital contact with someone who has genital warts.

This disease can be treated, but there’s no cure for the HPV infection that caused it. Treatment can also be painful (for example, freezing or applying medicine to the warts). Even after treatment, genital warts can come back—about 25% of the time, they return within 3 months.

To learn more about the link between genital warts and HPV, talk to your child’s doctor.


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