How likely is it to get cervical cancer from genital warts?

by Rachel on October 28, 2011

I found out that i had genital warts 1 1/2 years ago but now they are gone what are my chances of getting cervical cancer from them?

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PATRICIA G F October 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

You don’t get cervical cancer from the genital warts, it is associated by the human papilloma virus which causes warts and other problems. There are different strains of HPV, and some are more strongly associeted with HPV than others. No strain is entirely safe, although different strains are more common with warts and others more common with cervical changes and cancer.

You also may be infected with more than one strain of HPV, so you need to have a good discussion with your doctor about your own particular risks.

For you, the Pap smear is a real necessity, at least one a year and possibly more freqently than that. Early diagnosis can even prevent changes from becoming cancers, and if malignant, the earlier found and treated, the easier and more likely it can be cured.

Just because the warts went away does not guarantee you have completely cleared the virus from your system.

Christine October 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm

You don’t get cervical cancer from genital warts. Even though cervical cancer and genital warts are both caused by HPV, each are caused by different strains of the virus.

shazzy girl October 29, 2011 at 12:21 am

your chances increase greatly if you have hpv caused by genital warts..also there is no cure, so they are not gone…get regular pap smears if your cells change or are atypical/ (ascus) they will tell you. as long as your paps normal i wouldnt worry.

Doctor J October 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer also test positive for HPV. However, most women with a history of HPV never get cervical cancer.

Additional factors that affect your risk of developing cancer include oral contraceptive (OC) use, smoking, and dietary factors.

Long-term OC use appears to increase cervical cancer risk.

Avoid smoking, including secondary cigarette smoke.

Many dietary factors appear to reduce risk, including high intake of fruits and vegetables; and high intakes of vitamins A, C, E and Folic acid (folates).

Best wishes and good luck.

moonshadow October 29, 2011 at 12:46 am

you have to ask your doctor about this. genital warts are and hpv type virus and are related to cervical cancer but it depends on the type of warts that you have.

TLH October 29, 2011 at 1:33 am

you and every man woman and child you know should get the hpv vaccine.

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