10 doctors weighed in:
How long does it take for precancerous cells in your body to become cancer?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe never
Every cancer has it's own growth rate which we define as it's "doubling time"(how long does it take for the cancer to double in size).
Some pre-cancerous cells never have the ability to transform into invasive cancers, however that is probably the exception rather than the rule. Was there a specific type of cancer you were referring to?

In brief: Maybe never
Every cancer has it's own growth rate which we define as it's "doubling time"(how long does it take for the cancer to double in size).
Some pre-cancerous cells never have the ability to transform into invasive cancers, however that is probably the exception rather than the rule. Was there a specific type of cancer you were referring to?
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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