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HPV Won't Necessarily Lead to Cancer

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HPV Won't Necessarily Lead to Cancer

While HPV can pave the way to cancer, it by no means guarantees that cancer will develop. In fact, HPV is incredibly common — up to 70 percent of sexually active people will contract it at one point in their lives — but the immune system will often fight off the virus before it becomes a problem.

The trouble starts with a high-risk strain of HPV that just won’t go away on its own. However, the abnormal cervical cell changes can take many years to develop into cancer, so there’s rarely an immediate cause for concern when HPV is first detected on the cervix.

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