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Doctor insights on: Severe Dysplasia Pap Smear Chances Of Cancer

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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I have servical dysplasia, pap smear showed minor changes in the servical. What does it mean? Do I have HIV or cancer or what?

I have servical dysplasia, pap smear showed minor changes in the servical. What does it mean? Do I have HIV or cancer or what?

No: Cervical dysplasia is easily treated and is not considered a deadly cancer you do not have HIV if you have cervical dysplasia minor changes in cervical cells it can be a benign condition or footprints of cervical dysplasia cervical dysplasia is broken into three categories, mild moderate and severe most patients have mild dysplasia which does not progress to carcinoma in situ the risk of dying of cervical cancer is very low in a patient who gets regular pap smears. ...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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Does the presence of spindle cells in a pap smear always indicate cancer or can they be present with moderate or severe dyskariosis? Ie cin3?

Does the presence of spindle cells in a pap smear always indicate cancer or can they be present with moderate or severe dyskariosis? Ie cin3?

Not always cancer: Spindle cells (sc) have bilateral tapering poles (like a football); their presence on pap smear indicates issues ranging from benign reactive or reparative changes, artifactual/normal squamous cell shape, to rare malignancies (carcinosarcoma, metastatic desmoplastic melanoma). Sc morphology is seen in connective tissue. Pap grade (high or low intraepithelial lesions, cin 1-3) is more tellig.N. ...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?

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 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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PAP smear showed cervical inflammation. Age 63, not sexually active. No STD's. 2 severe yeast infections in last month w/UTI. Cancer possible?

PAP smear showed cervical inflammation. Age 63, not sexually active. No STD's. 2 severe yeast infections in last month w/UTI.  Cancer possible?

Possible : Diane, always "possible" but in your case more likely due to the recent infections. If it was cancerous, pathology would have other suggestive findings such as atypical cells, etc. Live healthy and be well! ...Read more

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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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Have you ever had an abnormal pap smear that was not cancer or precancer?

There are ASCUS.: There are such smear results that are ascus (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance) which is to say that they do not look normal, but they can't be called cancer or precancer either. Infection and inflammation are common sources. The pap test is repeated in 12 months or 6-12 months for those younger and older than 20 respectively. A reflex hpv-dna test can be done in adults. ...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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I had a pap smear come back extremely abnormal, months ago. I don't have ins. And im afraid that its progressed.How fast do cancer cells spread?

Abnormal pap….: Extremely abnormal is not what the pathologist noted on your pap smear, and if your doctor said extremely abnormal you should have been given a very precise schedule for follow up. In any case you should see someone as extremely abnormal paps do progress. There is no way to tell how quickly. ...Read more

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Have had dysplasia in the past, had cells removed. Waiting for reg pap smear before trying to get pregnant again. Would dysplasia affect pregnancy?

Not at all: If you feel comfortable waiting until a normal pap result is returned before getting pregnant that is fine, but dysplasia should not affect any pregnancy. Women who are found to have dysplasia while pregnant are usually just followed closely and any treatment is delayed until after the six week postpartum visit. ...Read more

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My 65 year mothers pap smear report says squamous epithellial cells of mainly intermediate and parabasal type. Moderate anisonucleosis and dysplasia?

The key is dysplasia: She will need a colposcopy and biopsy of the cervix and ecc and may need a leep or cervical cone or possible hysterectomy depending on how bad the dysplasia is or if she has worse ( hopefully not) cancer in situ. ...Read more

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What exactly does dysplasia mean on a Pap smear?

"overinterpretation": The Pap test is a cytological exam which is usually made by a cytologist who reports that the "cells of your cervix" look normal or abnormal. Dysplasia may be suspected; but the diagnosis of a dysplasia(mild, moderate or severe) is usually made by a histopathological exam of a biopsy of your cervix to describe a disordered arrangement of the cells. By the way, why did you have a Pap test at age 18 ...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


Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more