Common warts are viral skin growths resulting in the rapid growth of cells on your skin. They often disappear on their own.
Genital warts, which are sexually transmitted, increase the risk of cervical and other cancers. A vaccine for the virus that causes genital warts is available.
Getting a Pap smear regularly is your best defense against cervical cancer. Understand how a Pap smear is done and what abnormal test results mean.
Plantar warts, noncancerous skin growths on the bottom of the feet, can be painful and resistant to treatment.
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