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Capitol Heights, MD
A 32-year-old female asked:

for 5yrs now my pap smear results has been lsil,acus, normal. the most recent was abnormal does this mean i have cervical cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not necessarily: What was the test result. Abnormal does not mean cancer. You may need colposcopic examination and may be a biopsy. Please follow your doctor's advice for follow up tests.

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A 49-year-old female asked:

I need to have tests done to rule out cervical cancer. Will a Pap smear diagnose if I do?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Yes, sort of: A physical examination and PAP smear are a good start to detect cervical cancer. I said, sort of, because no test is 100%. It is good that you are considering seeing a doctor and getting a PAP. Wish you good health!

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