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The Difference Between Low and High Risk HPV

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These cancers are more prominent in men and a significant number have no prior history of smoking or alcohol intake, the two most common reasons for these types of cancer before the HPV connection was discovered.

The bottom line is that HPV is a widespread set of viruses containing both low risk and high risk strains responsible for a whole host of conditions from minor warts on the hands to invasive squamous cell cancer. Talk with your doctor about the HPV vaccine which protects against two low risk and two high risk strains of HPV known to cause the most issues.


Reviewed June 1, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton

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