Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been found to be associated with several types of cancer: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils). Each year, more than 20,000 HPV-associated cancers occur in women; cervical cancer is the most common. About 12,000 HPV-associated cancers occur each year in men; oropharyngeal cancers are the most common.
What CDC Is Doing
CDC is leading efforts to use cancer registry data to estimate how many human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occur in the United States.
When the body's immune system can't get rid of an HPV infection, the infection can cause cell changes that may lead to cancer.
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