Oncologist Questions Human Papillomavirus

If I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, did i definitely have HPV first?

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and I know cervical cancer is associated with HPV. Did I definitely have HPV first or are there other ways of developing cervical cancer?

6 Answers

HPV is the etiologic agent (cause) of cervical cancer. Over ninety nine percent of cervical cancer and pre cancer (dysplasia) have an associated HPV. This has been researched for years. Unfortunately, this is sexually transmitted in most instances. The most common types of cervical cancer, squamous and adeno are associated with HPV. There are 13 to 15 types of high risk HPV viruses. The most prevalent of these are HPV 16 and 18. These two are the cause of 67% of these diseases.
Yes, you can develope cervical cancer without previous HPV infection
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Only definite if the tumor test shows evidence
There are other less common causes
Thank you for your question. We do know that most cervical cancer has its root in the HPV virus. This is not to say that there can't be other factors. Additionally, many people who have contracted the HPV virus (it's a very common virus) don't necessarily go on to develop cervical cancer. I would need more information regarding what the pathology analysis of your diagnosis exactly revealed before saying definitively that you had contracted the HPV virus in the past- most likely, however, the HPV virus did play a role and remained dormant in you. For a more comprehensive answer specific to your case, I recommend that you visit a GYN-oncologist to help you better understand causes of and treatment options for your diagnosis. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
cancer existed bfore weiknew about HP’Vatients with nodal disease.
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV infection. Other factors that may play a role in the development of cervical cancer include reduced immunity, smoking, or other infections. Please ask your doctor if any other factors are thought to be relevant for your case.