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Had abnormal pap 4 yrs ago. Haven't been to doctor since. How can I tell if I may have cervical cancer?

Had abnormal pap 4 yrs ago. Haven't been to doctor since. How can I tell if I may have cervical cancer?

See a doctor: Early cancer of the cervix, like many other cancers, may not have any symptoms. It is imperative that you see a doctor for an examination and a repeat PAP or even a biopsy depending on the findings.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Pap done doc said nothing that showed concern still waitin on results but why would I be having symptoms of cervical cancer?

Pap done doc said nothing that showed concern still waitin on results but why would I be having symptoms of cervical cancer?

What symptoms?: And what have you been reading? Cervical cancer is usually completely asymptomatic until it's too late. And there is no symptom that's specific for cancer of the cervix and that's not mimicked by a few dozen other illnesses. Get yourself a full workup -- you deserve to know why you're feeling the way you are. ...Read more

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Any concern of cervical cancer at 18? Doing pap smears on doctor's orders, wanna know if it's a possiblility or if I'm "too young"?

Any concern of cervical cancer at 18? Doing pap smears on doctor's orders, wanna know if it's a possiblility or if I'm "too young"?

Pap screening: The new cervical cancer screening guidelines state pap smears should start at 21 y/o regardless of onset of sexual activity. It is rare to get cervical cancer before that age since most young women clear virus before 21.If you have pain, abnormal bleeding or discharge you should get it done. Hpv vaccine is important to prevent infection with the virus that causes cervical cancer. Check www. Cdc. Gov. ...Read more

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Had an abnormal pap test & don't know what triggered it. It was endometrial cells found at cervix. I'm 18 & doc say I have low chance of cervical cancer?

Had an abnormal pap test & don't know what triggered it. It was endometrial cells found at cervix. I'm 18 & doc say I have low chance of cervical cancer?

Benign: Per latest guidelines, most women in your age group don, t need a PAP test, because the abnormal epithelial cells clear up. Would recommend follow up w/ your Dr to discuss options ...Read more

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My pap smear came bback abnormal. It was positive for hpv. I also had a colposcopy done and my doctor said there were a lot of abnormalties, what could be my results? Is there a good chance I have cervical cancer?

My pap smear came bback abnormal. It was positive for hpv. I also had a colposcopy done and my doctor said there were a lot of abnormalties, what could be my results? Is there a good chance I have cervical cancer?

Check with Dr.: The reason for doing pap smears with hpv is to prevent cervical cancer. Oftentimes they can find it early enough that it can be destroyed locally. It's hard to tell exactly what your abnormalities are. Follow-up with your doctor and you should be able to find out the specifics of these abnormalities. This is best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Will I end up having cervical cancer I have been having pain in my lower abdomen were my cervix and uturus is. I have had my IUD in for three years now. I had a pap smear a few weeks ago and the doctor said that my IUD is in good place and seems to be d

Will I end up having cervical cancer I have been having pain in my lower abdomen were my cervix and uturus is. I have had my IUD in for three years now. I had a pap smear a few weeks ago and the doctor said that my IUD is in good place and seems to be d

You: You need to discuss the results of your pap smear with your doctor again so you better understand what was found. Sometimes a test is done with the pap smear to determine if the cerix is infected with a strain of hpv that would put you at a higher risk for cancer and sometimes a special examination of the cervix called a colposcopy is needed to double check the area. Thankfully, many, many women who have abnormal cells will not develop cancer. ...Read more

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I have a check up to see if I have cervical cancer. If it was bad would the doc have felt it in my pap exam or would a CT show? Bleeding after sex to

I have a check up to see if I have cervical cancer. If it was bad would the doc have felt it in my pap exam or would a CT show? Bleeding after sex to

Cervical Cancer?: It is very rare that a physician can see that the cervix is cancerous during the pelvic exam. The skin that is collected with the pap smear is what is diagnostic. The goal with pap smears is to catch changes in the cervix that can predict risk of cancer before you get cancer. That is why it is so important to have these on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Could I have given my baby the type of HPV that causes cervical cancer during his birth? I don't have warts, just one abnormal pap 1 yr after birth.

Could I have given my baby the type of HPV that causes cervical cancer during his birth? I don't have warts, just one abnormal pap 1 yr after birth.

HPV: We don't do c sections for non genital hpv and even with the genital hpv, we only do it if the warts appear to be severe and or obstructive to the birth canal. I have not seen any issues in babies born to mothers of non wart hpv. In the us we think as many as 35% of women by age 25 have this form of hpv. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the outside of my cervix, a abnormal pap from my gyno, horrible lower back pains, and pain during sex. Could I have cervical cancer?

I have a bump on the outside of my cervix, a abnormal pap from my gyno, horrible lower back pains, and pain during sex. Could I have cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer: Have you had your colposcopic exam and biopsies to work up your abnormal pap? That exam will help tell if you have cervical cancer. A more common diagnosis would be cervical dysplasia and endometriosis. ...Read more

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How are you tested for cervical cancer? Is pap enough to diagnose?

How are you tested for cervical cancer? Is pap enough to diagnose?

Start with pap smear: Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. If papsmear is abnormal further test like colposcopy with biopsy or endometrial sampling or other test would probaby be needed - depending on the papmsear/biopsy result - to establish a diagnosis. Discuss further with your gynecologist and have serial papsmear as recommended. ...Read more

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If I had a pap smear a year ago could I have cervical cancer?

If I had a pap smear a year ago could I have cervical cancer?

Not likely: If the pap was negative, it is unlikely that you would develop cancer within the year. The recommendations of a pap every year are based on the odds of changes occurring over that time frame. ...Read more

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Help please! Is cervical cancer rare because of pap smears, or because it is a rare cancer?

Help please! Is cervical cancer rare because of pap smears, or because it is a rare cancer?

Yes: Epidemiologically, it's probably not in the top 4 or 5 cancers affecting females because of the Pap smear. I don't know if I would categorize it as rare. Although, now with HPV vaccines becoming mainstream, it may well become one of those rare cancers. ...Read more

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Do pap smears only test for cervical cancer or other types too?

Do pap smears only test for cervical cancer or other types too?

Uterine CA also.: The main purpose today is to spot cervical cancer. But abnormal uterine lining cells will also show up sometimes. In fact, the original purpose of the pap smear was to find uterine cancer! see more about the history of this amazing lifesaver, an explanation for some of the changes, and its wonderful pioneer nicholas papanicolaou here: http://www. Ama-assn. Org/amednews/2007/09/03/hlsa0903.Htm. ...Read more

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What does pap (rlfx hpv hi when asc-us) mean? Do I have HPV? Do I have cervical cancer?

Pap tests and HPV: The pap test for cervical cancer is very good when done regularly, but sometimes the findings are not certain for either benign or a possible pre-cancer. ASCUS is this atypical uncertain zone. So an immediate (reflex) HPV test then can tell which of these patients are most likely to need more urgent follow-up to make a dx, usually by colposcopy and biopsy. ASCUS w/ neg HPV means very low risk of ca ...Read more

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All 14 high risk numbers came up on my Pap smear for cervical cancer. Does that mean I have i?

All 14 high risk numbers came up on my Pap smear for cervical cancer. Does that mean I have i?

No: The high risk numbers you are probably talking about are strains of HPV, human papilloma virus. Certain strains of this virus make you more likely to get cervical cancer but having this virus strain does not mean that you have it. If you get regular pap smears then the doctors will be able to remove abnormal cells before it turns in to cancer so make sure you get regular pap smears. ...Read more

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Why do girls have to wait until 21 to get a Pap smear, couldn't a 20 year old have cervical cancer?

Why do girls have to wait until 21 to get a Pap smear, couldn't a 20 year old have cervical cancer?

Takes time: It takes time for dysplastic changes to take place in the cervix after infection with HPV. It doesn't happen overnight, rather years. However, if a girl becomes sexually active at a young age, like early teens, then SHOULD have an earlier first Pap smear. It's not a one size fits all recommendation. ...Read more

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I'm a survivor of cervical cancer is it true that a pap cannot be done if you have BV? I'm concerned due to symptoms

I'm a survivor of cervical cancer is it true that a pap cannot be done if you have BV? I'm concerned due to symptoms

No, you need a PAP!: It's best to get treatment for BV (bacterial vaginosis) before having a PAP done in order to get the best results. But a cervical cancer survivor with symptoms should see a gynecologic oncologist right away. A test that directly visualizes the cervix might be better than a PAP in this situation. A PAP alone isn't enough! See the doc who treated your cancer if possible. Good wishes! ...Read more

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Elevated calcium in blood? I'm worried because I had a recent abnormal pap (normal one in 2012) can cervical cancer progress that quickly?

Elevated calcium in blood? I'm worried because I had a recent abnormal pap (normal one in 2012) can cervical cancer progress that quickly?

Likely unrelated: You should pursue gynecological care for the Pap smear. The calcium should be rechecked. If persistently elevated, you should have a biochemical screen for primary hyperparathyroidism which would consist of pth, 25 hydroxyl vitamin D, mag, phos, and creatinine. ...Read more

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All my pap smears normal. Last one 8 months ago - normal. Pink discharge 9 weeks postpart. Could it be cervical cancer? Waiting for pap results

All my pap smears normal. Last one 8 months ago - normal. Pink discharge 9 weeks postpart. Could it be cervical cancer? Waiting for pap results

Unlikely: For females that have had normal pap smears and one as recent as one year, it is very unlikely to have cervical cancer. However, it is normal to have discharge postpartum. Additional info in terms of other symptoms may lead to a different diagnosis if it is concerning for a condition other than normal postpartum discharge. Additional consultation on HealthTap or w/ doc could help. ...Read more

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How long will pap smears take before results are final? And are they necassery if you're not at risk for hpv? Any other causes of cervical cancer?

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How long will pap smears take before results are final? And are they necassery if you're not at risk for hpv? Any other causes of cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer: Usually 3 days in most labs.
Yes, current guideline recommend you be screened regardless your risk for hpv infection because not all cervical cancer is caused by hpv infection. Women under age 30 should not be screened with hpv testing. The combination of hpv and pap testing is an option for screening women age 30 and older. Other cervical cancer risk include: smoking, oral contraceptive use, . ...Read more

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How likely is cervical cancer when you have an abnormal pap for the second time?

How likely is cervical cancer when you have an abnormal pap for the second time?

< 100%: But more than zero. Speculations and guesses at percent are time wasters. You need to have colposcopy by a gyn onc, biopsy and if positive options for conization or hysterectomy or radiotherapy if cancer. ...Read more

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With an abnormal pap smear what are the signs of advanced cervical cancer?

With an abnormal pap smear what are the signs of advanced cervical cancer?

See doctor: Until there is a biopsy done and evaluated with a microscope, no one will know if you have cancer, advanced or not. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Is a pap smear enough to diagnose cervical cancer, or is biopsy necessary?

Depends: Pap smear is usually a screening tool that if abnormal prompts one to do a colposcopy with biopsy to definitively diagnose cervical cancer. Although ca in situ can be seen initially with a pap smear. ...Read more

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Can they find lymphoid cancer in a pap smear? I had cervical. Cancer one year ago.

Can they find lymphoid cancer in a pap smear? I had cervical. Cancer one year ago.

Sometimes;rare: We do see extranodal lymphoma or lymphoid neoplasm in nonlymphoid tissue. Not the common scenario but is seen. ...Read more

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Would cervical cancer cause symptoms or an abnormal pap before it spread to lymph nodes?

Would cervical cancer cause symptoms or an abnormal pap before it spread to lymph nodes?

No: One of the problems with cervical cancer treatment is that many people do not have symptoms until it has already spread. That is why we do Pap smears-to catch it before symptoms ...Read more

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If I had an abnormal pap with severe dysplasia level 3, does it mean that I have cervical cancer?

Not necessarily.: This is an old term that correlates with what is now known as cin3 (or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, grade 3), which is not technically cervical cancer but rather a precursor. Some can spontaneously regress, but some can progress to frank cancer. As such, treatment options can include anything from doing nothing to actually removing the offending lesion (s). ...Read more

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Is a pap smear a good tool for general cancer detection or is it only specific to cervical cancer?

Usually, yes: A cervical cytology (pap smear) is scraped along the cervix usually, but can also be scraped along the vaginal wall. Squamous lesions (dysplasia or carcinoma) are the most commonly found. However, endometrial tumors are shed through the cervix into the vagina. Certain sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma: malignant skeletal muscle tumor) can also be found. Generally, a pap is an excellent screening tool. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Cervical Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled proliferation of cells of the cervical tissue (mucosal lining cells or stroma) due to certain mutations. High risk HPV viruses ...Read more