Health Scan: November 2019 - www.healthscan.biz
Human Papilloma Virus, shortly designated as HPV, represents a group of viruses. There are more than 100 types of HPV.   HPV  can affect both males and females equally.  It may usally affect moist membranes of the human body such as mouth, throat, anus, cervix  and genital areas. Only about 30% of HPV  can affect genital area.   HPV and Cancer  HPV does not necessarily mean a guaranteed case of Cancer. Infact, many HPV members do not cause cancer. For example, the types of HPV that  cause genital warts are not the same as the types of HPV that can cause cancers. If HPV exists in a particular individual it may be very difficult to identify the likely hood of causing cancer.    Low risk groups  Genital HPV can cause warts on or around the areas of genitals and anus of both men and women. Women may also have warts on the cervix and in the vagina. Generally,  these genital HPV types seldom cause cancer and therefore,  they fall under the category of  Low-risk group.  High risk groups  Common high risk cancer causing viruses are HPV16 and HPV 18. HPV cancers may include cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. HPV infection may also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils.   Symptoms  Generally, HPV cancers donot give advanced  symptoms in very early state.  The visibility is known when the stage is advanced. And of course, this stage is very hard to treat.  Screening  It is a good idea to have a regular checkup with Physician.  Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer can be detected with routine cervical cancer screening (Pap test) and follow-up of abnormal results. The Pap test can find abnormal cells on the cervix so that they can be removed before cancer develops. Abnormal cells often become normal over time, but can sometimes turn into cancer. These cells can usually be treated, depending on their severity and on the woman’s age, past medical history and other test results.   HPV DNA test, which can find certain HPV types on a woman's cervix, may also be used with a Pap test in certain cases (called co-testing).   Even women who were vaccinated when they were younger need regular cervical cancer screening because the vaccines do not protect against all cervical cancers. Anal and Penile Cancers: There is no routinely recommended screening test for anal or penile cancer because more information is still needed to find out if those tests are effective.  Cancers in the Back of the Throat (Oropharynx): There is no approved test to find early signs of oropharyngeal cancer because more information is still needed to find out if those tests are effective. While there is no routine screening test for HPV-associated diseases other than cervical cancer, you should visit your doctor regularly for checkups. It is also important to be vaccinated to prevent these cancer; prevention is always better than treatment.  Vaccination  Although vaccination is not a 100% proof against HPV, vaccination does help against some members of HPV.    In women: In females, vaccination may help protect against cervical cancer, some vaginal, vulval and anal cancers and genital warts. As Vaccination does not protect against all HPV types that could cause cervical cancer therefore it is important for women to continue with regular Pap smear Tests as a precaution.  In men: Vaccination may help protect against genital warts and some anal cancers. Human Papilloma Virus Cancer and Vinegar has anti- bacterial and anti-fungal properties as it contains acetic acid and malicacid and hence it fights the infection effectively.