Dr Oz: HPV Cervical Cancer Diagnosis
A viewer submitted a video talking about her early stage Cervical Cancer, which was caused by HPV she didn’t know she had. Could you be at risk? Dr Oz brought expert guests to discuss how to know whether you should be worried about HPV. He suggested sharing this information with the teens in your household. You never know if it could end up saving lives.
Dr Diane Harper is an HPV expert from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She said that HPV likes to live in superficial skin cells near the body’s surface. Though there are many different forms, those that infect genital areas are of the greatest concern when it comes to Cervical Cancer.
Can You Have HPV & Not Know It?
It’s definitely possible to have HPV without ever knowing it. That’s because there aren’t many symptoms. You won’t feel anything or have symptoms of the infection. That means even monogamous, married couples should be aware of their risks for HPV and related cancers.
Dr Jennifer Ashton is an OB/GYN who joined the expert panel. She said she deals with it on a daily basis in her medical practice and thinks it’s important to education all men and women. She wants to help break the stigma surrounding HPV.
Dr Oz: HPV Treatment & Cure?
What can you do to find out whether you have HPV? Dr Harper said that a pap test or HPV test is the only way to determine whether you have HPV. But what do you do when you get your test results?
Dr Oz had an animation (as always) to explain how even skin-to-skin contact could be an HPV transmission risk. Dr Oz investigated the female anatomy to show how the HPV virus infects a woman’s cervix.
Dr Oz: HPV Takes Years to Cause Cervical Cancer
It causes the cells to overproduce, eventually leading to Cervical Cancer. He also had a graphic photo of a real Cervix, but he said even doctors can’t tell by looking at a photograph or pap smear whether a Cervix might have HPV.
He compared HPV to a dormant volcano, which could lie in wait for decades before turning into cancer. A photo of a cancerous cervix was alarming, and I hope no one was eating. The bottom line is that you need to be tested for HPV to find out whether you’re at risk.