What is the likelihood that HPV causes cervical cancer?
Only certain types of HPV are linked with cervical cancer. These are usually called "high-risk" types. The types of HPV that cause raised external genital warts, called "low-risk" types, are not linked with cancer. Most women, even those who have the high-risk type of warts, do not develop cervical cancer. The majority of cases of cervical cancer are in women who have either never had a Pap smear, or have not had one in five years or more.
If you haven't had one lately, it's time for an annual exam and pap smear.
To your health,