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What does it mean if you have precancerous cells on your pap smear?

What does it mean if you have precancerous cells on your pap smear?

At risk of cancer: Precancerous cells indicate presence of pathologic processes that could lead to development of cancer. ...Read more

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Precancerous (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I had a pap smear.My dr said I have pre-cancerous cells they found on my cervix. I am 30 years old. 3 kids by c-secton. What does this mean?

I had a pap smear.My dr said I have pre-cancerous cells they found on my cervix. I am 30 years old. 3 kids by c-secton. What does this mean?

Abnormal pap: The true meaning of the pap is based on the results of the follow up test ( the colposcopy) ... Abnormalities on pap smears should be taken seriously, but if you follow up it rarely proceeds to cancer... Follow up is key! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have abnormal cells on your pap smear? I was told i had dysplasia cells? should i worry?

Follow advice: Worrying is not useful. Follow your doctor's advice for follow up tests. Disposals is reversible and may go away. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What is an abornomal pap smear with precancerous cells?

What is an abornomal pap smear with precancerous cells?

A warning: Women with cells that have certain abnormal appearances are much more likely to develop cancer of the cervix or nearby structures. If the area with the cells can be found and removed before it turns cancerous, a life has likely been saved. Before pap smears, cancer of the cervix was a horribly common scourge of young women, as it still is in the poor nations. ...Read more

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What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

Abnormal PAP: We do pap smears to screen for cervical cancer cells. The pap smear has helped us reduce cervical cancer to very small numbers. We think that cancer forms in stages over many years (about 10-15). The cells get progressively abnormal before they become cancerous and this is the opportunity that the pap smear gives us. Remove/kill the abnormal cells before cancer develops. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have endometrial cells on a normal pap smear?

Endometrial cells: Within normal limits Pap smear result means that no cell lesions or malignancy have been found. Reactive cellular changes, cellular atrophy, and endometrial cells present are normal variables. Pap smears are an excellent tool, but are not perfect. ...Read more

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What do superficial and intermediate cells mean in pap smear result?

Nothing significant: These are normal cells. So you do not have any indication of abnormal cells like cancer or pre-cancer to worry about. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have epithelial cell abnormality on pap smear?

What exactly does it mean when you have epithelial cell abnormality on pap smear?

You need to followup: There are several categories of abnormal paps. Each category has a risk of finding a cervical precancer or (more rarely) a cancer associated with it. Your doctor may look at the cervix with a colposcope to get a magnified view of any abnormalities and may even take a small biopsy. It is important for you to contact your doctor about these abnormalities. ...Read more

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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