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Unformatted text preview: New York Times October 20, 2011 Growths Linked to Venereal Virus Are on Rise in Women By DENISE GRADY Precancerous growths on the genitals are becoming more common in women, particularly those in their 40s, a medical group said Thursday, reporting a fourfold increase in women over all from 1973 to 2000. Most of the growths are caused by the human papilloma virus , or HPV, a common sexually transmitted virus also known to cause cancers of the cervix, penis, anus and parts of the throat. The genital precancers do not always turn into cancer , but doctors say they should be removed anyway because it is impossible to predict which ones will progress. The growths, called vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, or VIN, form on the external parts of the genital area, or vulva, including the labia and clitoris. The anus and thighs may also be affected. Surgery, lasers or clitoris....
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