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When does an HPV infection develop into cancer?
It takes years before a human papillomavirus infection develops into cancer. If a cervical HPV infection does not clear on its own and persists for several years, abnormal cellular changes known as dysplasia sometimes develop. These may go into remission on their own as well. However, depending on the severity of the dysplasia, precancerous stages or even cervical cancer may develop although this process takes several years.