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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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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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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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What to do if precancerous cells found in mother's pap smear?

Local approach: Precancerous cells from a Pap represent transforming cells of the cervical and endocervical canal. By definition they have not yet invaded the muscular layers of the cervix but are contained within the basement membrane that cordons off the smooth muscle layers of the cervix from the lining layers. At this time cryosurgery can be employed or a more aggressive cone cut from the cervical os. ...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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I had a abnormal pre cancerous cells pap smear last year and was told to do a follow up but I have yet to find a doctor who will what should I do?

See below: If you do not have a doctor, you may try to get help from your local Planned Parenthood; they help with women's health issues, not just abortions. You may also try you city county department of health. While you are at it, get HPV vaccine. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How often can I need a pap smear after abnormal cells?

Depends on the type: And severity of abnormality. Mild dysplasia requires yearly repeat paps. Other types of abnormalities may require colposcopic examination, with or without biopsy. It would be prudent to follow your doctor's advice. ...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 could cells of undetermined significance be on a pap smear?

A number of things: Atypical cells of undetermined significance (ascus) can represent a precancerous condition or may be associated with a variety of benign entities. The diagnosis must be interpreted in relation to other factors, such as the results of hpv testing, if performed. As such, the diagnosis of ascus "pigeon-holes" you into a defined follow up schedule that should be adhered to. ...Read more

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Pap smear came back with abnormal cells. What does this indicate?

Common: That is relatively common, we would need to know how abnormal. Some could be due to inflammation, some to hpv involvement, and others to tumors. ...Read more

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After having a pap smear i was told i had abnormal cells. Can anyone explain this to me in more detail?

After having a pap smear i was told i had abnormal cells. Can anyone explain this to me in more detail?

ASCUS: Abnormal cells in pap smears = atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ascus). This means that there are some "funny looking" cells that are not otherwise classifiable. Usually your doctor will recommend some sort of follow up including a repeat pap smear and/or colposcopy if this particular finding keeps recurring. ...Read more

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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