Viruses that can lead to cancer in women

This time, the series of medical lectures in Stadtbergen is about viruses that can cause cancer. Chief physician of gynecology Professor Christian Danecker gives a lecture on HPV.

Cancer-causing viruses – an unusual topic at first glance. But the case is not so rare. Many have heard of hepatitis infections that can lead to liver cancer. In his lecture as part of the series of medical lectures, the director of the gynecology-obstetrics clinic, prof. Dr. Christian Dannecker, with human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be especially dangerous for women, but also for men.

Warts, also known as genital warts (genital warts), are common benign changes on the surface of the skin caused by HP viruses. Not only does the virus cause these small growths, it is also responsible for virtually all cervical cancer, 70 percent of vaginal cancer, 30 percent of vulvar cancer, and—regardless of gender—cancer of the anus and throat, which is responsible for the tongue. . Treatment for precervical cancer increases the risk of preterm birth. Even children can become infected with HPV, for example during childbirth. Between 60 and 80 percent of the population will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lives, although not everyone will develop cancer. There are so-called high-risk and low-risk HP viruses. The virus is transmitted through the skin, especially during sexual intercourse. This means that the penis can also be affected by HPV.

Women can be vaccinated against HPV viruses

In addition to such alarming numbers and findings, the gynecologist also has good news: you can get vaccinated against HPV, which has been happening in Germany since 2007. And this prevention is apparently very effective. According to Dannecker, studies in Scandinavia and England have shown that vaccination prevents 90 to 95 percent of all cases of cervical cancer. Two to three vaccinations are common; there are indications that one vaccination may be sufficient. In addition, Dannecker will also address the possibilities of virus-induced cancer therapy in the lecture. Of course, it will focus on the types of cancer that affect women.

The lecture “Cancer caused by human papillomaviruses: How to avoid and how to treat it? Concepts in gynecological oncology” will take place on Monday, November 28 at 19:30 in the Bürgersaal. Entrance fee: five euros.

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