NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,777 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

high-risk human papillomavirus
(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.