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Image Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been found to be associated with several types of cancer: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, and some head and neck cancers. CDC conducted studies to learn about these cancers.
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CDC press release, November 3: CDC Releases First Estimate of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Data
Assessing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancers in the U.S. examines HPV-associated cancers before the release of the HPV vaccine.
Photo of a woman on the beach Basic Information
When the body's immune system can't get rid of an HPV infection, the infection can cause changes in cells that may lead to cancer.
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Almost 25,000 HPV-associated cancers occur each year. The most common are cervical cancer in women and head and neck cancers in men.

Page last reviewed: November 4, 2008
Page last updated: November 4, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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Cancer Burden
Each year, more than 17,300 HPV-associated cancers occur in women; cervical cancer is the most common.
Almost 7,600 HPV-associated cancers occur each year in men; head and neck cancers are the most common.
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