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Risks and Prevention for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Genitals

You can reduce your chances of developing squamous cell carcinoma of the genitals by knowing the risks.

Risks include:

  • Having the HPV infection
  • Having had genital warts in the past 
  • Uncircumcised men
  • Poor hygiene
  • Multiple sex partners

To prevent your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma of genitals, you should:

  • Protect yourself from HPV by reducing your number of sexual partners and use condoms. 
  • Get the HPV vaccine that is now available for young women, men and adolescents. 
  • Scheduling routine pelvic exams to help diagnose vaginal and other cancers at an earlier stage. Earlier diagnosis improves the odds of treatment success.
  • For men, get regular physicals that include screening for penile cancer.