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what is the difference between cervicitis and cervical cancer?

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Dr. Susan Lurie
Specializes in Family Medicine
Inflammation vs. ca: Cervicitis means inflammation of the cervix, due to infection such as gonorrhea or chlamydia (sexually transmitted infections). These infections do not cause cancer and are fully treatable with correct antibiotics cervical cancer is caused by the hpv (human papilloma virus) which is also a sexually transmitted infection. In most patient it goes away on its own but in some it may cause cancer.
Answered on Jan 17, 2020
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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No: Cervical cancer refers to a tumor that is originating from the cervix whereas cervicitis refers to inflammation of the cervix.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Low and zero: Cervicitis is often unexplained but folks have looked at the various risk factors and bacterial vaginosis isn't up there, so i doubt it. To cause canc ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Unlikely: If you had a normal PAP smear 8 months ago, you are very unlikely to have cervical cancer. Cervicitis may be due to recent infection.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Yes: Vagina and cervix are in continuity and infection of one touches the other. Chronic infection, cellular irritation, can lead to cellular abnormal met ... Read More
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