How fast can an abnormal pap transform into cervical cancer, how long does one typically have before this happens?

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.
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.

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Elevated calcium in blood? I'm worried because I had a recent abnormal pap (normal one in 2012) can cervical cancer progress that quickly?

Abnormal Paps. Yes. I am worried as well. What happened after your abnormal pap? Weren't you offered a colposcopy and treatment? Did you get your gardisil vaccination? There should be absolutely no progress to cancer if you are getting the right gyn care. Read more...
Likely unrelated. You should pursue gynecological care for the Pap smear. The calcium should be rechecked. If persistently elevated, you should have a biochemical screen for primary hyperparathyroidism which would consist of pth, 25 hydroxyl vitamin D, mag, phos, and creatinine. . Read more...

How likely is cervical cancer when you have an abnormal pap for the second time?

< 100% But more than zero. Speculations and guesses at percent are time wasters. You need to have colposcopy by a gyn onc, biopsy and if positive options for conization or hysterectomy or radiotherapy if cancer. Read more...

Had abnormal pap 4 yrs ago. Havent been to doctor since. How can I tell if I may have cervical cancer?

See a doctor. Early cancer of the cervix, like many other cancers, may not have any symptoms. It is imperative that you see a doctor for an examination and a repeat PAP or even a biopsy depending on the findings. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...