View Full Version : HPV and Oral Cancer

12-09-2010, 05:51 PM
The results for my pap came back abnormal January of 2010 and my follow-up pap in May also came back abnormal...positive for High-Risk HPV. Since recieving the news, I've been very hesitant about any sexual activity. Anyone else feel the same? I feel so silly...

Just recently, I read somewhere that oral cancer is linked to high-risk HPV. How worried should I be about this? What are the symptoms? A few months ago I noticed little whiteish 'skin tags' towards the back of my tongue [in which I can't remember whether or not they've always been there or not]...I don't know whether to be worried or if this is due to dehydration or whatnot.

Any response is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading.

12-10-2010, 11:14 PM
I've been worried about the same thing. I just took a human sexuality class in college and have learned that a person can contract the hpv virus vaginally, orally and anally. Scary huh? I'm not sure all of the symptoms. I had hpv cervically for 5 years and was lucky to have the kind where my body ridded itself of the virus with a few colposcopies too. I guess we all need to be careful. The think FarrahFawcett may have had anal cancer from hpv. And it is true that Michael Douglas has oral cancer that started from hpv. Not sure how we can detect there and get rid of it. If you find out or anypne knows please let us know. Thanks. Try not to worry.

12-18-2010, 10:27 PM
I read that it's mostly men who get HPV related oral cancer, but women can get it too.

There is a new saliva test that screens for HPV 16 and 18 which can cause oral cancer.

If you are worried about it, just to be on the safe side, maybe you can get regular dental check-ups to make sure no HPV related lesions are forming in your mouth, the dentist is usually the first line of defense against oral cancer.

My dentist didn't know anything about high risk HPV being carried in saliva and causing oral cancer, I had to tell him about it, that really scared me!

12-27-2010, 12:13 AM
Those little bumps on the back of your tongue are more than likely circumvallate papillae. This is something I have only looked up for the first time since reading your post, so you may want to check my facts. From what I have read, everyone has these and they are quite small, 1-2mm in diameter. Some health conditions can cause them to swell, such as throat colds, dietary changes, and even allergies. They usually look dome-shaped or like truncated cones. After looking at mine in the mirror, I can at least confirm that :p More than likely that is all they are, but you should pay a visit to your family doctor or dentist just to make sure.

The thing about oral HPV and cancer is that it takes years of persistent infection to develop. Regarding oral warts, while they are very uncommon, they can form, but that typically only happens on the lips and front part of the tongue. Chances are what you have are natural lumps that have gotten irritated, but again you may require the help of your doctor to confirm this.