GeneNav HPV Detection Kits
Her first line of defence against cervical cancer
The Human Papilloma Virus, also known as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disorder affecting millions worldwide. In fact, at least 4 out of 5 women will have been infected with the HPV virus by age 50. There are over 120 known types of HPV; about 40 of these types infect the epithelial lining of the anogenital tract, mouth, and throat. In the majority of individuals (90%), HPV infections are asymptomatic and usually clear up within 2 years without the need for any medical intervention. However, a infections with any of the 14 High Risk HPV Subtypes can persist and progress into cervical cancer.
HPV and Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide with an estimated 530,000 new cases and 270,000 deaths each year. Cervical cancer is especially a problem in developing countries that account for over 85% of worldwide deaths. Unlike all other types of cancers, cervical carcinoma has a clearly defined causation — persistent infection with one of the high-risk HPV subtypes. In fact, over 99.7% of all cervical cancer is linked to these HPV infections, with High Risk HPV subtypes, with HPV 16 and HPV 18 alone accounting for over 70% of cervical cancer cases.