HPV can cause cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV) -positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma has one of the most rapidly increasing incidences of any cancer in high-income countries.
HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can infect the oropharynx (tonsils and back of throat), genitals and anus. This Virus spreads by skin-to-skin contact and oral sex may infect the mouth or throat. This is most commonly known as oral HPV.
Oral HPV often has no symptoms. Hence, this means that people don’t realize they’re infected and are less likely to take the steps necessary to limit the spread of the disease.
Furthermore, this type of HPV can turn into oropharyngeal cancer, which is rare. Cancer cells form in the throat, the tongue, tonsils, and pharynx walls. These cells can develop from oral HPV.
No test is available to determine HPV of the mouth or oral cavity. Your Ear nose and throat doctor may discover lesions through a screening, or you may notice the lesions first and make an appointment at EYiasis ENT department.
If you have lesions present, it is necessary to have a biopsy in order to determine if the lesions are cancerous.
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