HPV increases the risk of getting skin cancer.
found that people with several strains of HPV (human
papillomaviruses) are more than 1.5 times as likely to develop
certain skin cancers compared to those who do not have any strains
of HPV. The more strains of HPV that a person has, the higher their
risk is for getting skin cancer.
According to a study recently featured in the British Medical
Journal, researchers have found that people with several strains of
HPV (human papillomaviruses) are more than 1.5 times as likely to
develop certain skin cancers compared to those who do not have any
strains of HPV. The most common skin cancers seem to be increasing
on a global level and according to these researchers, ultraviolet
radiation (too much exposure to the sun) seems to be the main
established risk factor. There are more than 100 different strains
of HPVs, and many of these strains are known to cause various forms
of cancer. According to the British Medical Journal, having only two
or three strains of HPV can boost your risk of skin cancer by 44%.
Having between four and eight strains will increase the percentage
to 51%, and more than that could increase the risk of skin cancer to
71%. Furthermore, people who have taken immunosuppressant drugs for
a long period of time have triple the risk. Dermatologist experts
say that the most important thing is to “keep healthy, keep your
skin healthy and minimize anything that compromises your immune
system, so minimize excess sun exposure or [certain] drugs if you
can, and take care of your skin…eat a healthy diet, get adequate
sleep, and manage stress.” Doctors have also advised avoiding open
wounds or any other openings on the skin as this is the way that HPV
and other pathogens enter the body.1
Genus B human papillomaviruses and incidence of basal cell and
squamous cell carcinomas of skin: population based case-control
study, The British Medical Journal, 2010.