The acronym HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus. This virus is the cause of most cases of cervical cancer, which causes changes in cells that could lead to tumors in the lining of the cervix.
HPV is a common virus – there are about 100 types of HPV viruses, which affect various parts of the body. About 30 types of HPV viruses can affect male and female genitals; scientists consider 13 of these HPV viruses to present a high risk for cervical cancer. Some types of HPV cause genital warts, which are rough, hard lumps that develop on genital skin.
HPV infection is relatively common, affecting about 20 million people. According to Cleveland Clinic, 80 percent of sexually active people become infected with the virus but most do not realize it.
There is no cure for HPV but Dr. Edwards does provide HPV management services.
In 70 to 90 percent of all cases, the immune system clears the HPV virus from the body. In these cases, HPV management physicians like Dr. J. David Edwards monitors these patients for any cell changes that could indicate the development of cancer.
When a patient needs treatment for HPV, Dr. Edwards develops a personalized management plan to relieve the patient’s symptoms by removing visible warts and abnormal cells in the cervix. Dr. Edwards uses a variety of tools to help him accomplish those goals, including:
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