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A 45-year-old female asked:

pap test result came back category 3a is this cancer?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
A Pap smear shows: the presence of abnormal cells. It identifies women who may have cancerous changes of the cervix. CIN (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia) would usually be reported on a Pap as Atypical Squamous Cells-H (high grade) and a colposcopy to perform a biopsy would usually be recommended. On a biopsy CINIII is severe dysplasia and considered the same as carcinoma in situ, but it is not invasive cancer.

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