More than 90% of cervical cancer cases are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted infections affecting men and women worldwide, said Dr. Mauricio León Rivera, Surgical Oncologist of our clinic.
“There are more than 100 different types of HPV, of which strains 16, 18, 31 and 33 are considered high risk since they are responsible for 70% of cases of cervical cancer, the main cause of death from cancer in women from Peru In the same way, these strains can cause cancer of the penis, anus and oral cavity. Meanwhile, strains 6 and 11 are responsible for 90% of genital warts, “added Dr. León
He also stated that most people infected with this virus have no symptoms. Those affected do not always have health problems being the only manifestations genital warts and some types of cancer
As for the statistics, every year there are just over 4 thousand new cases of women with cervical cancer and 1,836 women die from this disease, according to the latest Globocan report
Dr. Mauricio León Rivera
Surgical Oncologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma