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How fast can an abnormal pap transform into cervical cancer, how long does one typically have before this happens?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Depends-"abnormal"
There is a wide range of abnormal pap smear results.
Some tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. Since "abnormal" can mean so many things, the time to turn into cancer will vary.

In brief: Depends-"abnormal"
There is a wide range of abnormal pap smear results.
Some tests come back showing you have a virus called hpv which is extremely common in sexually active women. Pap smears can also show that the cells of the cervix themselves are abnormal, showing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. Since "abnormal" can mean so many things, the time to turn into cancer will vary.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
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In brief: Depends on degree
Abnormal pap smears may have mild, moderate or severe atypical cells.
If mild, about 62% will go away, 22% will persist & 16% become more severe. If the cells are severe and remain so after biopsy & treatment the risk of cervical cancer is 25 times higher. It may take 5 years it more to progress to cancer so extended follow up with your doctor is suggested.

In brief: Depends on degree
Abnormal pap smears may have mild, moderate or severe atypical cells.
If mild, about 62% will go away, 22% will persist & 16% become more severe. If the cells are severe and remain so after biopsy & treatment the risk of cervical cancer is 25 times higher. It may take 5 years it more to progress to cancer so extended follow up with your doctor is suggested.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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