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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: At risk of cancer

Precancerous cells indicate presence of pathologic processes that could lead to development of cancer.

In brief: At risk of cancer

Precancerous cells indicate presence of pathologic processes that could lead to development of cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Usha Mukhytar
Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Needs more tests

It also depends on age of patient, hpv presence , what precancerous cells degree minor dysplasia in young girl in absence of hpv neeeds observation only and repeat smear in 6 months if otherwise needs colposcopy and biopsy and further evaluation.

In brief: Needs more tests

It also depends on age of patient, hpv presence , what precancerous cells degree minor dysplasia in young girl in absence of hpv neeeds observation only and repeat smear in 6 months if otherwise needs colposcopy and biopsy and further evaluation.
Dr. Usha Mukhytar
Dr. Usha Mukhytar
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Need a colposcopy

Once you have an abnormal pap, the next step is to look carefully at the cervix under magnification (colposcopy) and take biopsies as needed to diagnose the abnormality.
Sometimes the changes are minor and you just need to have more frequent paps to watch it. You could need treatment if it's more abnormal. Abnormal paps are common but cervical cancer is unlikely unless you ignore your abnormal pap.

In brief: Need a colposcopy

Once you have an abnormal pap, the next step is to look carefully at the cervix under magnification (colposcopy) and take biopsies as needed to diagnose the abnormality.
Sometimes the changes are minor and you just need to have more frequent paps to watch it. You could need treatment if it's more abnormal. Abnormal paps are common but cervical cancer is unlikely unless you ignore your abnormal pap.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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