Human papillomavirus, or HPV, has been closely and causally linked with the formation of several cancers. Although many people are aware of this fact, it is not widely known just how strong that link is, or how dangerous it can be to live with this virus and fail to seek treatment.
As the Pri-Med organization recently pointed out in a communication with its members, = “HPV is responsible for 70% of all oropharyngeal cancers, almost 100% of cervical cancers, and approximately 85% of anal cancers.”
This is why it is essential to schedule regular HPV screening measures such as the cervical pap smear and the anal pap smear. These simple outpatient procedures take little time, invite scant discomfort, and could literally save you from contracting a dangerous form of cancer.
If you haven’t visited a proctologist or other specialist for a pap smear, it’s time to protect yourself. Contact the Proctology Institute to learn how you can get screened – and stay safe.