Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Uterine Cervix
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“Squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix is caused by a virus and may be cured by a vaccine.” To be more precise, let me rephrase that to say: Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common initiating factor in the cascade of molecular events that leads to squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix. A vaccine that impedes HPV should decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. This chapter discusses viral carcinogenesis. We will find that host factors affecting HPV infection modulate the likelihood of cancer. Again, we will prove the maxim that cancer develops in multiple steps over a period of years.
KeywordsSquamous Cell Carcinoma Cervical Cancer Human Papilloma Virus Uterine Cervix Human Papilloma Virus Infection
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