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Can an STD cause cancer?

By Anonymous February 2, 2015 - 12:38pm
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Dear Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Having an STD increases a person's risk for several types of cancer according to the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 

Certain high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer in women. In men, HPV infection can lead to the development of penile cancers. HPV also can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, and anus in both sexes. 

Acquiring viral hepatitis B or C puts a person at risk for liver cancer, and untreated HIV/AIDS increases risk for several types of rare cancers, including lymphomas, sarcomas, and cervical cancer.

If you are a sexually active individual, you need to start a discussion with your health care provider about your STD risk and the tests you may need. The best way to prevent cancer is knowing your risk and being tested for any symptoms that you may have.

You might want to check out the STD Community Groups on EmpowHER for more information!

Anon, are you having any STD symptoms or concerns? Did this answer your question? 



February 2, 2015 - 2:36pm
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