A 31-year-old female asked:
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diagnosed with squamous metaplasia w/ chronic cervicitis and positive hpv last yr. do u think this would develop into cancer within a yr ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Very unlikely: It usually takes 5-30 years for such changes to progress to cancer. Regular medical follow-up catches these before they become dangerous, so if you follow your doctor's advice, you needn't worry. Speak with the doctor caring for the problem and follow her or his advice about follow-up exams and testing.
Answered on May 7, 2017
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: If you have these changes now you have likely had the HPV strain in your system for 5-10 yrs. That is when the clock starts on possible conversion. You are aware now that you have worrisome signs and have likely been scheduled for interval testing to see if this progresses. Keep your appointments and you should get the best possible outcome.
Answered on May 7, 2017

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