A 33-year-old female asked:
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does pap smear test result showing slight infection mean cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Not at all. Minor infections are common here.
Answered on Nov 26, 2014
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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
23 years experience Family Medicine
No.: If what is shows is definitely an infection and is negative for malignant cells then it is not cancer. The Pap it is not intended to diagnose infections but sometimes they may show up and reported so they can be treated. I am not looking at the report so my suggestion is to discuss this in detail with the doctor who did the test to make sure this is the diagnosis.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
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