After how long do girls usually get cervical cancer from HPV?

by Rachel on April 13, 2011

I heard you usually don’t get cancer unless the virus is untreated for about 15 years.. Is this true?

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Lexi April 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

You can’t get the virus treated – its stays with you dog

bumbelabee April 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm

It all depends…some women will have the strain that causes cervical cancer for their whole lifetime and not develop any problems. Some women will only have the virus for a short time before it causes problems.

Just so you know, what you heard is false. The virus cannot be treated.

It is extremely important for every woman over the age of 18 to have a yearly Pap smear done. These quick little swabs are screening for abnormal cervical cells, which can help the docs clue in to a problem before it starts to get worse. These tests really do save lives.

tarnishedsilverheart April 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

Treatments remove the abnormal cell changes of the cervix that the virus causes.

Most often it does take several years of a persistent progressive infection before the virus causes cervical cancer….however in some it can take less time.

Due to routine Pap testing…abnormal cell changes are usually seen early our doctors monitoring the cervix and treating when needed.

In most young women the virus will regress in a year or so…but this doesn’t mean that the virus is gone. In some women the virus can re-occur years after the initial infection was acquired.

Routine Pap testing can prevent most HPV infection from progressing.

Although cervical cancers start from cells with pre-cancerous changes (pre-cancers), only some of the women with pre-cancers of the cervix will develop cancer. The change from cervical pre-cancer to cervical cancer usually takes several years — but it can happen in less than a year. For most women, pre-cancerous cells will go away without any treatment. Still, in some women pre-cancers turn into true (invasive) cancers. Treating all pre-cancers can prevent almost all true cancers. Pre-cancerous changes and specific types of treatment for pre-cancers are discussed in the section

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_cervical_cancer_8.asp

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