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Precancerous (Overview)

A precancerous condition (or premalignant condition) is a generalized state associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to cancer. Premalignant lesion is a morphologically altered tissue in which cancer is more likely to occur than its apparently normal counterpart.


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What does a precancerous cell look like, on your skin?

What does a precancerous cell look like, on your skin?

Actinic keratosis: Actinic keratosis (solar keratosis) these small, scaly patches are caused by too much sun, and commonly occur on the head, neck, or hands, but can be found elsewhere. They can be an early warning sign of skin cancer. Most doctors recommend early treatment to prevent actinic keratosis of turning into skin cancer. ...Read more

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Precancerous (Overview)

A precancerous condition (or premalignant condition) is a generalized state associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to cancer. Premalignant lesion is a morphologically altered tissue in which cancer is more likely to occur than its apparently normal counterpart.


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How long will I be off work after a cervical procedure to remove precancerous cells?

How long will I be off work after a cervical procedure to remove precancerous cells?

Just the day of: Your procedure whether it's a leep (loop electrode excisional procedure) or a cryoablation of the cervix can be done in the office. Most patients are back to work the next day or same day if they want. It's slightly longer recovery if done in the or due to the anesthetic. ...Read more

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For what length of time can someone have abnormal cells before they become pre-cancerous or cancerous?

For what length of time can someone have abnormal cells before they become pre-cancerous or cancerous?

Life: Some abnormal cells never become "cancerous" or clinically significant. The rate of change from pre-cancer to cancer is dependent on the cancer type as well as the individual and may be difficult to predict for any one person. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: precancerous?

What is the definition or description of: precancerous?

See below: A precancerous condition (or premalignant condition) is a generalized state associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to cancer. Premalignant lesion is a morphologically altered tissue in which cancer is more likely to occur than its apparently normal counterpart. ...Read more

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What is a precancerous condition diagnosable?

What is a precancerous condition diagnosable?

Several: If i understand the question correctly, colon polyps and ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis) of the breast are 2 examples of pre-cancerous lesions. If not caught early, these can develop into cancers. ...Read more

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Can precancerous skin lesions be scratched off?

Can precancerous skin lesions be scratched off?

Skin lesions: Any questionable skin lesions should be seen in person by a specialist. If a lesion has been diagnosed as pre-cancerous I would not recommend scraping it off. Having an initial biopsy performed is essential. A likely follow-up of the complete lesion with clean margins would then need to be performed. It's important to always protect your skin and avoiding prolonged direct sun exposure. Be safe! ...Read more

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Can a precancerous lesion cause fertility problems?

Can a precancerous lesion cause fertility problems?

Need more info: Where is this precancerous lesion is located anyway? What therapy did you get for this lesion? If this is located in the ovaries and you have them removed- off course you will have infertility. If you have precancerous like dcis in the breast and you get treatment like tamoxifen- you could be infertile. If this is lesion on skin- post surgery- that has nothing to do with infertility. ...Read more

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What does it mean for a polyp to be "pre-cancerous"?

Risk of cancer: "pre-cancerous" polyps have a risk of becoming cancer if allowed to grow and get larger. These need to be removed by colonoscopy usually. ...Read more

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Can precancerous Cell turn normal with out treatment?

Can precancerous Cell turn normal with out treatment?

Healing: Some pre-cancer changes may revert spontaneously to normal. For example, in the cervix, most HPV infections, which appear as "precancers" will resolve spontaneously. In other organs we don't know as well the frequency with which this happens. But most cancers require several "hits" for the cell to become fully malignant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are precancerous cells on cervix serious?

Can you tell me are precancerous cells on cervix serious?

Possibly: Precancerous cells are also known as "dysplasia" or "squamous intraepithelial lesion". The degree of sil is important in determining outcome. If sil is low grade, it may resolve spontaneously and is often managed conservatively. If sil is high grade, then surgical excision of the area may be needed. Talk with your doc / provider to learn what the best treatment is for you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are precancerous cells on cervix serious?

Can you tell me, are precancerous cells on cervix serious?

Yes: precancerous cells in the cervix represent in situ cells that have not yet invaded the basement membrane to become invasive. Given time this transformation usually via the HPV virus will take place and one then has "Cancer". Precancerous lesions are treated by cryosurgery or a Cone resection where the involved portion of the cervix is wedged out. Later colposcopy and Pap should then be normal. ...Read more

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Can precancerous skin lesions reappear after being scraped off?

Can precancerous skin lesions reappear after being scraped off?

Yes: It depends on the depth of the lesion. If all of the lesion is not removed, it is likely to recur. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with barrett esophagus does it mean I have precancerous?

Just diagnosed with barrett esophagus does it mean I have precancerous?

New dx of Barrett's: Barrett's esophagus is not something to play around with! barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd. Barrett's patients risks cancer of the esophagus. Poorly treated barrett's can progress by replacing more & more of the esophagus lining, & can become dysplastic. Barrett's warrants surveillance endoscopy, aggressive acid suppression, & maybe ablation &/or surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for precancerous cells in your body to become cancer?

How long does it take for precancerous cells in your body to become cancer?

Varies: You start acquiring the mutations that produce cancer when your life starts. Cells that a pathologist can tell are "precancerous" signal "time for treatment". Cases in which the mildest of dysplasias of the cervix have turned to invasive cancer in less than a year are well known. Others simply disappear, or never progress. Be glad for early detection -- and congratulations on a likely cure. ...Read more

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What does mild precancerous mean? I'd it dangerous? Got my HPV tests results. A bit worried.

 What does mild precancerous mean? I'd it dangerous? Got my HPV tests results. A bit worried.

See your gynecologis: Are you referring to cells on your cervix? Having HPV puts you at risk for cancer, but regular check ups with your gynecologist can find precancerous and treat the precancer. Go see your gynecologist ...Read more

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Foods that fight cancer I am trying to avoid my pre-cancerous cells from going cancerous. What foods help to fight cancer?

Foods that fight cancer I am trying to avoid my pre-cancerous cells from going cancerous.  What foods help to fight cancer?

Healthy: Unfortunately science has not identified any specific food that can prevent cancer or turn precancerous cells back to normal. However, eating a balanced, low calorie diet can improve your overall health and minimize the risk of developing some types of cancer. ...Read more

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Just got the results of my colonoscopy, had multiple pre-cancerous adnomeas removed. What kind of testing can I expect as a follow-up?

Just got the results of my colonoscopy, had multiple pre-cancerous adnomeas removed. What kind of testing can I expect as a follow-up?

Repeat colonoscopy: If the polyps were typical tubular adenomas then the number and size indicate the appropriate interval to repeat colonoscopy. Three or less, smaller than 1cm generally 5 years, more than 3 or larger than a cm, 3 years. Incompletely removed, larger than 2cm or more worrisome under the microscope might be one year or less depending on the worry factor of the endoscopist. ...Read more

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What is this Small bump at my vermillon border? it has a black dot at the center. Im so worried if this is a normal bump or a precancerous one. IS IT?

What is this Small bump at my vermillon border? it has a black dot at the center. Im so worried if this is a normal bump or a precancerous one. IS IT?

Don't know.: We'd need more info about this. How long has it been there? Do you smoke? Is it painful or draining? Ultimately, you may need a formal evaluation or even a biopsy to be sure. You can snap a picture and upload it during a HealthTap consult if you wish, so one of us can have a look. ...Read more