NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
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- high-risk human papillomavirus
- listen (hy-risk HYOO-mun PA-pih-LOH-muh-VY-rus)
A type of human papilloma virus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer and other types of cancer, such as cancers of the anus, vagina, vulva, penis, and oropharynx. Most high-risk human papillomavirus infections go away on their own without treatment, and do not cause cancer. Also called high-risk HPV.