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Do genital warts cause cancer if they're left untreated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Genital warts are caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Some types of HPV can lead to genital cancers in men and women. The most common types of HPV associated with genital warts do not lead to cancer, but some do, and a medical exam should be done.

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