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how fast does cervical cancer spread

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Get a pap: HPV can take decades to trigger cervical cancer & studies cite as many as 70% of college age women have blood evidence of prior infection. It is r ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Difficult question: Pap is the best test to detect cervical cancer. Different cancers grow at different rates. There is no clear answer to your question. However, you sho ... Read More
Dr. Megan Bird
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Usually really slowly. On average, the time to get from severe dysplasia to cancer is 10 years. However, in some women it goes faster.
Dr. Carolyn Quist
34 years experience Gynecology
Slow: In general it takes 10-12 years for cervical cancer to grow. Sometimes pap smears to miss precancerous changes and certain hpv viruses are fairly aggr ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Most cancers will spread if treatment is unsuccessful, of if a person did not get treated. The common places for cervical cancer to spread is to the l ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience Geriatrics
Contiguity: As most cancers cells move towards the vicinity ( the rest of the uterus)first, then travel through the blood flow of the lymphatic, venous and arteri ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends: Early detection is curable and that's why pap smears are so important. The ability to spread depends on a number of features- is it poorly differen ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Cervical cancer: Should be cured by your surgery if what you said is true.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Irregular vaginal bl: Vaginal bleeding other times than the monthly period is an early symptom of cervix cancer. Pain or discomfort are not early symptoms. But cervix caner ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Get followed: Hopefully you're getting regular pap smears. Cervical cancer isn't going to develop overnight and is almost always preceded by at least one abnormal p ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends-"abnormal": There is a wide range of abnormal pap smear results. Some tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually ac ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Levitt
43 years experience Dentistry
Multiple factors: I'm a bit surprised that HealthTap sent this question to a dentist but I do have about 2 years of medical school so I will answer it. The most common ... Read More

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