Dr. Marchese recalls the numerous strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) and describes which strains can lead to cervical cancer.
There are; there are numerous strains that are considered low-risk human papilloma strains. There’s about 40 different strains of low-risk human papillomavirus. Those strains do not lead to cervical cancer, and then there’s about 40 different strains that would be classified as high-risk human papillomavirus. They are high-risk strains because those are the strains that lead to cervical cancer.
The low-risk strains of the human papillomavirus typically cause genital warts. Genital warts do not turn into cervical cancer, and then the high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus is what we really worry about when we say that the Pap smear has come back abnormal and there’s a presence of high-risk HPV detected.
About Dr. Marianne Marchese, N.D., L.L.C.:
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Women's Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine.