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What is the difference between precancerous conditions and cancer of the cervix?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Great difference

The precancerous conditions which are believed to lead to cancer cannot spread beyond the superficial layer of the cervix.
None of these precancerous conditions leads to cancer 100% of the time, but the worse they are, and the older the patient is, the more likely it is that cancer will develop. The point of pap smears is to detect the precancerous conditions so they can be removed.

In brief: Great difference

The precancerous conditions which are believed to lead to cancer cannot spread beyond the superficial layer of the cervix.
None of these precancerous conditions leads to cancer 100% of the time, but the worse they are, and the older the patient is, the more likely it is that cancer will develop. The point of pap smears is to detect the precancerous conditions so they can be removed.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: One is 100% cureable

Pre-cancerous lesions can be removed before they ever become cancer.

In brief: One is 100% cureable

Pre-cancerous lesions can be removed before they ever become cancer.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Dr. Stephen Noga
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