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A recent study in Georgia found that Black women are 1.5 times more likely to die of cervical cancer than white women. Similar studies conducted 10 years ago reached the same conclusions.
40 percent of Black women diagnosed with cervical cancer every year will die.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a sexually transmitted virus that is the main cause of cervical cancer.
Black women continue to lead in the category of high-risk HPV infections. According to Blackdoctor.org, Black women are 1.5 times more likely to test positive for high-risk HPV infections. Also, 56 percent of Black women were still infected 2 years after they were diagnosed.
HPV infection in women clears up on its own. But research has found that Black women have a hard time clearing up HPV infections.
The reasons for the high HPV infection rate among Black women vary from socioeconomic, fear of doctors, a lack of education, no transportation, a lack of nearby clinics and doctors, and a lack of awareness about the HPV vaccine.
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Lesbians have a high prevalence of cervical cancer because of risk factors, such as obesity, smoking, and delay in getting Pap smears and pelvic examinations as recommended.
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease if detected early. Pap smears can often detect early changes in cervical cells that are a precursor to cancer.
According to WSB-TV, some Black women don't know there is a vaccine that can prevent HPV.
The Georgia study recommended that the state expand insurance access, fund programs to prevent and treat cervical cancer, and encourage women to get the HPV vaccine.
Common Core creator Bill Gates says President Donald Trump asked him if the HIV and HPV viruses were the same. Gates revealed conversations he had with Trump in a video clip obtained by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
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Actor Michael Douglas says oral sex is the reason behind his stage 4 throat cancer.
In an interview with Britain's The Guardian, Douglas discussed his role in the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" and his throat cancer which was diagnosed in August 2010.
Douglas said doctors missed the walnut-sized tumor at the back of his tongue after he suffered with throat irritation for months. Douglas finally went to see a friend's doctor in Montreal who used a tongue depressor to look inside his mouth.
""I will always remember the look on his face," Douglas said previously. "He said: 'We need a biopsy.' There was a walnut-size tumour at the base of my tongue that no other doctor had seen," said Douglas.
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The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) has long been linked to oral cancers in men through oral sex. But according to CBS and ABC, a new report shows that the rate of HPV linked oral cancers in men is rapidly increasing.
Though the report mainly focuses on an increase in the rates of upper throat cancers in men, the same is true for cancers of the tongue, neck and the mucus membranes lining the inner cheeks.
The report -- published in the Oct. 3 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology -- showed that cases of HPV-positive tumors in men rose from 16 percent in the late 1980s to nearly 73 percent by the early 2000s.
The HPV virus is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. But the majority of HPV infections in young women usually disappear before 1 year, causing no symptoms.
The 5-10% of infections in women that persist for years will usually develop into cervical cancer.
While women can also get oral cancer, the risk to men is far greater. The majority of infected women show no symptoms, but the HPV virus is still floating in their vaginal fluid, and is easily transmitted to men, just like the HIV virus.
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