August 2, Researchers have linked the presence of HPV16 to various cancers, including cervical cancer and some head and neck cancers. Around 1 in people will develop anal cancer at some time. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Diagnosis can also be done with a biopsy of the warts. However, HPV can linger in your body, causing anal warts to recur.