The Role of Papillomaviruses in Human Anogenital Cancer

  • Harald zur Hausen
  • Achim Schneider
Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)


Since 1842 (Rigoni-Stern), numerous epidemiological studies point to an infectious event in the etiology of human cervical cancer (reviewed by: Rotkin, 1973; Kessler, 1977; zur Hausen, 1977). Venereal transmission of a carcinogenic factor with a long latency period has been postulated in many of these studies. Sexual promiscuity, early onset of sexual activity, and poor hygienic conditions appear to be the prime risk factors for cervical cancer.


Cervical Cancer Human Papilloma Virus Herpes Simplex Virus Type Penile Cancer Vulvar Cancer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald zur Hausen
    • 1
  • Achim Schneider
    • 2
  1. 1.Deutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Sektion für Gynäkologische Zytologie und HistologieUniversitäts-FrauenklinikUlmFederal Republic of Germany

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