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My Husband had HPV caused throat cancer, How do you check for HPV in your tonsils ?

My Husband had HPV caused throat cancer . We were wondering if I could have it even though my paps have been fine and if I could have cancer in my tonsils also? How do you check for HPV in your tonsils?
Asked On : Wed, 12 Jan 2011
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The chances of getting oral infection and carcinogenesis (HPV positive Oropharyngeal cancer )are less( 1.3 %) when compared to genital involvement and still more rare in females . Repeating the Pap regularly is very much requirement.

HPV type 16 is one type commonly involved in Oropharyngeal cancers , there are some sopecific tests like E6 and E7 mRNA detection PreTect HPV-Proofer, (HPV OncoTect) or p16 cell-cycle protein levels which are examples of new molecular markers. According to published results these markers, which are highly sensitive and specific, allow to identify cells going through malignant transformation.

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