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Author Topic: Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas  (Read 4188 times)

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Offline midwayman

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Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas
« on: July 14, 2008, 05:17:53 PM »
I wanted to add this thread since I find that many longterm AIDS/HIV survivors are unaware of the link between HIV, HPV and cancer.

HPV is a virus which resides in many people with no outward symptoms. It is easily transmitted from one person to another via intimate contact. It is the virus that causes viral warts (plantar, anal, oral, skin) in most cases. If your immune system deteriorates (low CD4), HPV can become aggressive. Warts on the anus can turn into cancerous (squamous cell carcinoma) lesions and oral HPV lesions can cause tongue cancer and other oral cancers (also squamous cell carcinomas).

I am 58. I am an anal cancer survivor. My partner is also. He recently had tongue cancer after being in remission from his anal cancer for nearly 8 yrs..

The FDA has not approved HPV vaccine for people with HIV despite the fact it may be a defense against these cancers. They have approved it for young sexually active woman because HPV also causes cervical cancer in healthy women. Perhaps you would like to write your reps in the US government about that. The Reaganite model of ignoring HIV-related problems continues.

If you are a longterm survivor, cancer exams are crucial to catch these cancers before they require radical surgical, radiation and/or chemotherapy treatments. Squamous cell carcinoma can be treated easily if detected early. Anal PAP smears every year, anal exams, oral exams for any long lasting sores, annual dermatology skin checks and checks on any existing anal warts are all good things to do as routine. 

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Re: Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 11:18:52 AM »
Hey Midway,

You are very much correct in this. Pap smears for men who may be at risk for anal HPV contact was the topic of discussion at the last two conference they wouldn't let me attend. (long story)

The doc here and I have talked about it and I keep close tabs on skin cancer cells that appear.

Finding someone to do anal pap smears is another story. Here in the rural Southwest, that is tantamount to asking a doctor to go where he has never gone before, so to speak.

But, we'll keep trying.

Glad you brought this up.

Hope you and your partner are doing well. Let us know how things go.


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Offline midwayman

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Re: Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008, 04:45:38 PM »
Thanks, Aztecan:

It doesn't take more than a hand, a Q tip and a few brain cells to take a PAP smear anywhere. Oh, I forgot, it also may require medical ethics, continuing education and compassion. As someone who lost an aunt to cervical cancer years ago because her GYN didn't do PAP smears routinely, I don't feel this is just an HIV-related issue. It is a 'poor-healthcare-quality-in-the-USA' issue.

midwayman  ::)

Offline mudman8

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Re: Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008, 04:21:53 PM »
Well, I had S Carcinomas on my scalp and had surgery once and radiation last summer and they're still gone thankfully.  But that back side stuff is another concern. I'll put that on my list for next week's Dr visit. I know I was checked 3 years ago.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2008, 03:46:21 PM »

I see my dermatologist just as often, if not more so than my ID doctor. Having countless basal cells and squamous cells removed these past 20 some odd years has not been pleasant. And I got the scars to prove it !! Got to stay on top of everything these days !!

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

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Offline mudman8

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Re: Avoid Common Squamous Cell Carcinomas
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2008, 11:54:35 AM »
yeah I have my scars too.  My scalp on top now has no hair due to radiation and you can see an interesting series of scars and bumps when I lean down. It's been a tough fight but don't have a re-occurance yet.
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