Cancer Care

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer care for women.

What determines if HPV will cause cervical cancer?

HPV can cause cervical cancer and other cancers, including cancer of the anus, back of the throat, penis, vagina and vulva, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Oftentimes it can take years or decades for cancer to develop after someone gets HPV, according to the CDC.

There is no way of knowing if HPV will cause you to develop cancer or not, according to the CDC. Having a weak immune system could make you less able to fight off HPV and more likely to end up with other health problems because of it.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how HPV develops into cancer.

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Source content: Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Thomas Heck, MD, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Todd Hicks, MD, FACS, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Christopher Lutman, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology; Michael Guy, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology