Dr. James Kendrick, Florida Hospital gynecologic oncologist, answered viewer questions on cervical cancer on Fox 35. If you have questions about the HPV vaccine, signs and symptoms or prevention, take a look at the web chat script! For those questions we weren’t able to get to in the hour, Dr. Kendrick took the time to answer them here.
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1. If you no longer have a cervix due to a hysterectomy, can HPV still cause a vaginal cancer?
Dr. Kendrick: Yes, but it is very rare. Continue screenings as recommended and follow up if there is an abnormality.
2. If you already have HPV, what are your chances of getting cancer?
Dr. Kendrick: It depends on the strain of virus you have, but as long as you follow regular recommended follow-ups, you decrease the chance it will become cancer.
3. Does HPV cause other cancers besides cancer of the cervix?
Dr. Kendrick: Yes, it can cause anal and esophageal cancer.
4. Every time I get a PAP, it has come back abnormal, and I have to go for another test. Is there a way to get the “right” test the first time?
Dr. Kendrick: I would recommend a follow up with your physician as there are many follow up tests that can be done.
5. Why am I still spotting almost daily for the last two months?
Dr. Kendrick: There are a variety of issues that could be happening. I would definitely recommend making an appointment to see a gynecologist.
6. Does cervical cancer run in the family?
Dr. Kendrick: No, cervical cancer is not genetic.
7. I am 77 years old. Do I still need a pap smear each year?
Dr. Kendrick: No, you do not need one every year unless you have had an abnormal pap smear in the last few years.
8. What does the medicine Famciclovir do?
Dr. Kendrick: This medication is unrelated to HPV or cervical cancer. Please follow up with your primary care physician or gynecologist.