HPV-RELATED DISEASES

Ignoring HPV infections can lead to some pretty serious diseases. HPV infections are responsible for:

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Approximately
99%
of cervical cancer cases3,4

Certain types of HPV, known as high-risk strains, are strongly linked to cancers including anal cancer4. The high-risk subtype most likely to cause anal cancer is HPV 16. Another high-risk type is HPV 18, but this is seen less often with anal cancer4. Anal cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissue of the anus. HPV is linked to approximately 91% of all anal cancer cases3.

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Approximately
91%
of anal cancer cases18

Certain types of HPV, known as high-risk strains, are strongly linked to cancers including anal cancer30. The high-risk subtype most likely to cause anal cancer is HPV 16. Another high-risk type is HPV 18, but this is seen less often with anal cancer30. Anal cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissue of the anus. HPV is linked to approximately 91% of all anal cancer cases18.

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>50%
of vulvar cancer cases19

The vulva is the outer part of the female genitals31. The vulva includes the opening of the vagina (sometimes called the vestibule), the labia majora (outer lips), the labia minora (inner lips), and the clitoris31. Cancer of the vulva most often affects the inner edges of the labia majora or the labia minora31. More than half of all vulvar cancers are linked to infection with high-risk HPV types19.

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Approximately
90%
of genital warts cases20

Warts are caused by viruses and can appear anywhere on the body32. Those that show up in the genital area are caused by HPV and are easily transmitted by sexual contact. Low-risk HPV strains, such as HPV 6 and 11, cause about 90% of genital warts, which rarely develop into cancer20.

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Approximately
70%
of vaginal cancer cases

Vaginal cancer usually starts at the lining of the vagina33. Most vaginal cancers are squamous cell carcinoma (90%) generally attributable to HPV6. HPV DNA is detected among 70% of invasive vaginal cancer6. HPV 16 is one most frequent HPV types that are detected in vaginal cancers in Asia and in the world6.

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INFOGRAPHIC: AM I AT RISK FOR HPV?

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INFOGRAPHIC: HPV BY THE NUMBERS

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You can protect yourself

Getting infected with HPV is more common than you might think1. The good news is you can protect yourself through vaccination and regular cervical screening for women.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

It can be hard to know what to say. Here are some helpful questions you can take to your next appointment.

Make an appointment

Find a clinic closest to you and set up an appointment to speak with your doctor about vaccination and screening for women.

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