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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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If your pap smear results have been ASCUS for 4 yrs and colposcopy is normal could you have cervical cancer one year after your last test?

If your pap smear results have been ASCUS for 4 yrs and colposcopy is normal could you have cervical cancer one year after your last test?

Cervical cancer: Truly anything is possible but unlikely. With that many ASCUS paps I would request my slides be sent to a different pathology group for review. ...Read more

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For 5yrs now my pap smear results has been lsil, acus, normal. The most recent was abnormal Does this mean I have cervical cancer?

For 5yrs now my pap smear results has been lsil, acus, normal. The most recent was abnormal Does this mean I have cervical cancer?

Not necessarily: What was the test result. Abnormal does not mean cancer. You may need colposcopic examination and may be a biopsy. Please follow your doctor's advice for follow up tests. ...Read more

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My pap smear changed from normal to cin1 in less than a year. If I get pregnant now, could it excerbate the progression to invasive cervical cancer?

HPV and Cervix: There is a possibility. But, that would not be normal for health care in the us. First I hope after the pap smear they offered you a colposcopy and treatment. Second I would hope that you also got the gardisil vaccine to help as best you can any further progression of the risk for this disease. Yes. It is recommended by many in the know to get vaccinated in this scenario. ...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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If your pap smear comes back abnormal, will you get cervical cancer?

If your pap smear comes back abnormal, will you get cervical cancer?

Not necessarily: Pap test is a screening test. If it is abnormal it does not mean cancer in every case. You need to go back and see your gynecologist. He/she can explain the cause. There are many precancerous conditions which can go away with time. Most such changes resolve on their own and rarely are indicative of cancer development over a period of many years. ...Read more

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How long does cervical cancer take to develop? Last pap smear 3 years ago

How long does cervical cancer take to develop? Last pap smear 3 years ago

It varies: The recommendations is to do an annual pap smear as it helps in early diagnosis and possible curative intervention if the cervical cancer is detected early. Do not wait longer. Prevention and early intervention in this disease can make a big difference in this disease outcomes. ...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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Is a pap smear a good tool for general cancer detection or is it only specific to cervical cancer?

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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What diseases can a pap smear detect? I've heard that a pap can be used as a means for early detection of cervical cancer. Are there any other diseases that it can find?

Yes: Pap smear can defind cervical cancer including squamous carcinoma and adenocarcinoma, and cell changes which could be precancer changes (follow up is important). Pap smear can reveal trichomonas vaginalis, herpes virus changes, fungal organisms-candida, can reveal normal and atypical endometrial cells. Metastasis to the cervix could be seen on pap. ...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 trying to have a baby. My Pap smear came back pap 4a conization. That's cervical cancer, can I still have a baby?

I'm trying to have a baby. My Pap smear came back pap 4a conization. That's cervical cancer, can I still have a baby?

Biopsy diagnosis?: Until the cervix is biopsied via Colposcopy or other means, the Pap smear diagnosis is irrelevant. We use the biopsied tissue to determine and document the diagnosis. Future pregnancy is possible if it is not invasive cervical cancer and even then eggs can be harvested from your ovaries prior to definitive surgery. ...Read more

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Reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. Atypical endocervical cells seen. On my pap smear result. Am I at risk to cervical cancer?

Reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation. Atypical endocervical cells seen. On my pap smear result. Am I at risk to cervical cancer?

HPV test?: Unfortunately, anyone who has had genital contact is at risk for cervical cancer because the human papilloma virus is so widespread. Usually when we find atypical cells on a pap smear, we reflexively test for hpv. If it is positive, then you do have a small risk for dysplasia or precancer, but if it is negative, you have almost no risk. If your hpv test is (+), you will need follow up. ...Read more

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Apart from cervical cancer can pap smear pick up herpes.....How do u get it. What is treatment for it......I am married.

Apart from cervical cancer can pap smear pick up herpes.....How do u get it. What is treatment for it......I am married.

Herpes: There are two types of herpes, type one (usually infected by family members in childhood and mostly in the peri-oral area) and type two (was known as 'genital' herpes and is found somewhere between the belly button and the thighs). There is no herpes test with the pap smear. One has to have a blood test to determine if one has been infected with herpes. ...Read more

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How common is cervical cancer for a 25 year old who has never had a pap smear? I have engaged in sexual activity but have not had intercourse.

Uncommon: Most cervical cancers are due to infection with a virus, human papiloma virus (hpv) which is usually acquired through sexual intercourse. Oral sex can transmit hpv and using condom is not protective either. You are too young to have cervical cancer, but I would strongly urge you to seek care for preventive services, including hpv vaccine, though you may have missed the recommended age for vaccine. ...Read more

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I'm a 21 yr old female and have HPV along with abnormal cells what are the chances of getting cervical cancer? And how often should I get a pap smear?

I'm a 21 yr old female and have HPV along with abnormal cells what are the chances of getting cervical cancer? And how often should I get a pap smear?

Possible: Keeping up with the changes in your pap smear are the primary way you can recognize and treat the issue before it becomes a threat. The timing is best determined by the OBGYN who is following your case. ...Read more

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So I've had a low grade pap smear result and have recently had twins so I've would know if I had HPV what's the chances I have cervical cancer?

Pap Smear: It is very low. You have "low grade' that means stage one out of five. Five is cancer. Your physician will next do a colposcopy and work to remove or limit any risk for further progression. ...Read more

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My 47 y/o moms pap smear showed cell changes. She smokes, drinks, has bn on the pill fr 15yrs & her mom had cervical cancer. Should I be worried? :- (

My 47 y/o moms pap smear showed cell changes. She smokes, drinks, has bn on the pill fr 15yrs & her mom had cervical cancer. Should I be worried? :- (

No: Your risk for cervical cancer is not increased based on family history. Unlike cancers of the breast, ovary, and bowel which have some genetic predispositions - cervical cancer is not hereditary. Cervical cancer risk is related to history of std's (particularly hpv), numerous sexual partners, and to some extent tobacco abuse. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have cervical cancer or get in future because of having sex at 17yrs. I'm 18 now. What test other than pap smear to check for myage?

Not yet: Cervical cancer is often caused by one of the
papilloma viruses. Unprotected sexual contacts can lead to cervical inflammation, later to cancer. Get the human papilloma virus vaccine now. ...Read more

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3 which is now 4 groin lumps in a week. Had pap smear which was very painful. They haven't before but had abnormal pap prev and hpv. Cervical cancer?

3 which is now 4 groin lumps in a week. Had pap smear which was very painful. They haven't before but had abnormal pap prev and hpv. Cervical cancer?

Negative pap?: If your present pap is negative, then it is more likely that the "groin lumps" (lymph nodes) are caused by an infection. Please see your md for clarification. ...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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I have been having cramping in my cervix. I am a female. I have also had a slightly abnormal pap smear results. Is this cervical cancer?

Cramps and cervix: Cramping from a cervical condition often presents as menstrual cramps associated a heaviness and discomfort in the pelvic area. Additionally a cervical condition can produce abnormal discharge which may be excessive, watery and tinged with blood. One may also have a post coital bleeding. One needs to be examined, have pap/high risk hpv testing and colposcopy to rule out cancer of cervix. ...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