A member asked:

I had an abnormal smear 2yrs ago and had laser treatment to remove pre cancer cells is there a chance it may happen again?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Glenn Skow answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Possibly: There's an unofficial rule some of us follow: if you had it once, you are at increased risk for having it again. Doesn't mean you will, but that you can. Some things that need to be considered. For instance if you were diagnosed with high risk hpv which greatly increases your risk for cervical cancer. This is why we emphasize that boys and girls up until the age of 26 be vaccinated against hpv.

Answered 1/29/2015


Dr. Timothy Gorski answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

There certainly is!: Yes, there is, and it is why after such procedures it is important to do more frequent pap smears and that you continue getting regular paps after that. If yoiu smoke it may also increase the risk of it coming back, so if you smoke, stop right away.

Answered 8/6/2013



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