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What happens if cervical dysplasia is left untreated?

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Dr. Andrea Knittel answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Nothing good: Cervical dysplasia is what is called a pre-cancerous condition; it's not cancer, but there is a risk that it will develop into cervical cancer. Managing it depends on the degree of the dysplasia, and it is really important that you continue to follow-up with your doctor to prevent it from progressing. The earlier you treat these lesions, the easier they are to control!

Answered 12/29/2022

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta answered

Specializes in Pathology

Don't ignore: Based on how severe the dysplasia is, it may become cancerous if untreated. About 70% of mild dysplasias will regress and 1 in 5 will become severe dysplasia or cancer. Some hpv virus subtypes are more aggressive and this information may be available from a pap smear. But there no sure way to predict behavior. Best to get proper treatment and follow up.

Answered 3/26/2013

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