How Often Does Hpv Turn Into Cancer?

by Rachel on January 13, 2010

I am 24 years old and have had HPV for a year a half. I have moderate dyplasia and was wondering if anyone knows how often HPV turns into cancer?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Pamela Carrington January 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

Although most HPV infections go away on their own without causing any harm, there are over 40 different types of HPV that affect the genital area, and 2 of these cause APPROXIMATELY 70% of cervical cancer cases. When these types of HPV infect the cells of the cervix (the opening to the uterus), it’s a possibility that the cells will become cancerous.

Anonymous January 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I have high risk HPV and I get checked every 3 months. I don’t know how often it turns into Cancer, but I do know that cervical Cancer is a slow growing Cancer so as long as you get an annual or semi-annual pap, you should be able to catch and treat anything before it becomes fatal.
However, the risks of getting a LEEP or any other procedure that removes Cancerous cells from the cervix is that it increases the liklihood of having a miscarriage. The cervix is what helps hold a baby in the uterus, and if it has been thinned by considerable cell removal, then it is more likely to cause a miscarriage.
Therefore, I try to be on the safe side and see a gynocologist oncologist so they can catch any possible problems as soon as possible. Hope that helps.

Insane Clown January 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus. It has been estimated that 75% or more of sexually active Americans will contract HPV sometime in their lives. This means that anyone who has ever had sexual relations has a high chance of being exposed to this virus, but only a small number of women infected with HPV develop cell changes that need to be treated. In almost all cases, the immune system will keep the virus (including the cancer-related HPV types) under control or get rid of it completely. However, if HPV infection does not go away over many years, there is a greater chance of developing cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Only very rarely does the presence of HPV lead to cervical cancer.
This sounds legit. Hope it helps you

Western US Doc January 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I agree with Insane Clown’s answer.
There are many many different types (strains) of HPV. Only 4 of them have been linked to cervical cancer. By the age of 30 most people have been exposed to many strains and that is why the new vaccine is only currently recommended for people up to age 29. There are currently studies underway to see if it will have any efficacy for older people.
Just get regular paps and practice safe sex in the future.

get g January 14, 2010 at 1:27 am

Some types more often, some never……

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: