- By Laurel J. Kelly
Living With Cancer: HPV and cancer in men
HPV infection and cancer in men
While the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to cervical cancer in women, it can cause cancer in men, too. And the risks for men are different. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, an emeritus Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. And learn about the importance of getting the HPV vaccine.
HPV infection and cervical cancer
When women are exposed to genital HPV, their immune systems usually prevent the virus from doing serious harm. But in a small number of women, the virus survives for years. Eventually, the virus can lead to the conversion of normal cells on the surface of the cervix into cancerous cells. Learn more from Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN. And learn about the importance of getting the HPV vaccine.
Vaginal cancer most commonly occurs in the cells that line the surface of the vagina. While several types of cancer can spread to the vagina from other places in the body, primary vaginal cancer is rare. Early vaginal cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms. As it progresses, it may cause unusual vaginal bleeding or watery discharge, painful or frequent urination, constipation and pelvic pain. Learn about the risk factors for vaginal cancer and why early diagnosis is important.