The virus known as human papillomavirus is also known as HPV. This is the same virus that causes cervical cancer. As far as I know, this is also the only cancer that is caused by a virus.
The good news is that you can get vaccinated against HPV, even in Malaysia. If you’re in Selangor, check out Assunta Hospital for rates and times. Otherwise, speak to your local gynae.
If there was a reason to get a HPV shot, think about it as protecting yourself like a Rubella shot. Not everyone will get it, but it’s better to be prepared than not. Did I mention? HPV may also be sexually transmitted. If you plan on having sex (no matter with whom), get that shot.
Because researchers have discovered that HPV may also be responsible for certain kinds of throat cancer.
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