frogman89 saidI think it's too exaggerated to cause panic because of HPV. One of the reasons why cervical carcinomata are much more frequent in women than penile carcinomata in men (caused by HPV) is simple: The precancerous lesions are harder to detect in women.
It's not like you get colonized by HPV and boom - cancer. The tumor develops on a precancerous lesion which in this case are genital warts (condylomata acuminata). And long before genital warts turn into cancer they can be treated, for example with cryotherapy.
All of this still sucks, but you can do something before it actually turns really bad.
Typically, the type of genital warts that are caused by HPV is not the same as the strains of HPV that can develop into cancer.
In my paricular case, I had no warts. But I did have a 2mm squamous cell carcinoma lesion that was grossly (and initially) misdiagnosed as a fissure.
Luckily for me, I kept insisting that something was wrong and eventually was correctly diagnosed six months later.
you are right. How embarrassing. The genital warts have a low potential of turning maligne.
I just looked it up and it's the bowenoid papulosis and erythroplasia Queyrat that develop into cancer. Both of those can and should be detected very easily though. I'm sorry to hear you were misdiagnosed at first.
ItzDaBreeze saidAnother reason to get the vaccine is that it protects against multiple strains.
I had a wart causing strain and needed to get them surgically removed because they were abundant inside my rectum. My doctor still gave me the vaccine, however, because it would allow me to be protected from some of the other strains. There are a lot of strains and the vaccine only covers a few but they include known cancer causing strains and two strains that cause 90% of all genital wart cases.
In addition, though the wart causing strains do not typically cause caner, my dermatologist explained that she did diagnose penile cancer on someone who has genital warts.
In your rectum??
Yes. It was on my anus which is how I first spotted it, but when I went to the dermatologist and she saw it, she recommended I go see a surgeon. My surgeon performed a visual and finger exam and noted that I had an anal condyloma (look it up) and so we went in to surgery later that month to have it removed. It was actually rather large, but thankfully, they were able to remove it all and the biopsies came back normal.
My dermatologist said that anytime you see something on the outside, you need to check the inside to be sure it is okay as well. It is more common than not to have warts inside if you have them on the outside than not she said.