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Can A Doctor See Cervical Cancer During Pap Exam
Had abnormal pap 4 yrs ago. Haven't been to doctor since. How can I tell if I may have cervical cancer?
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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Elevated calcium in blood? I'm worried because I had a recent abnormal pap (normal one in 2012) can cervical cancer progress that quickly?
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
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?
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
6 years ago I had an abnormal pap but didn't follow what are my chances that I could have cervical cancer now?
See doctor: Now for a repeat pap,Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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