- What happens when you have abnormal cervical cells?
- Will I always test positive for HPV?
- Should I be worried about a colposcopy?
- What can be mistaken for cervical cancer?
- Can abnormal cervical cells come back?
- Can abnormal cells go away?
- How do you get abnormal cervical cells?
- How long does it take for abnormal cells to turn into cancer?
- What happens if a colposcopy is abnormal?
- What are cause of cervical cancer?
- What happens if you have precancerous cells in cervix?
- Can abnormal cells on cervix go away?
- How common are abnormal cells in cervix?
- What causes abnormal cervical cells besides HPV?
- What was your first cervical cancer symptom?
- Should I be worried about an abnormal pap smear?
- What if cervical biopsy is positive?
- Can cervical cancer be cured completely?
What happens when you have abnormal cervical cells?
An abnormal cervical screening test result means that you have changes in the cells covering the neck of your womb (cervix).
Abnormal cervical cells are not the same as cervical cancer.
If left untreated, there is a risk that some abnormal cells could go on to develop into cervical cancer in the future..
Will I always test positive for HPV?
HPV spreads through sexual contact and is very common in young people — frequently, the test results will be positive. However, HPV infections often clear on their own within a year or two. Cervical changes that lead to cancer usually take several years — often 10 years or more — to develop.
Should I be worried about a colposcopy?
A colposcopy can also be used to find out the cause of problems such as unusual vaginal bleeding (for example, bleeding after sex). Try not to worry if you’ve been referred for a colposcopy. It’s very unlikely you have cancer and any abnormal cells will not get worse while you’re waiting for your appointment.
What can be mistaken for cervical cancer?
One situation sometimes seen by clinicians performing pelvic exams for abnormal bleeding that can be confused with cervical cancer is a prolapsed uterine fibroid. In this situation a large mass is seen on pelvic exam coming from the cervix. Again a biopsy if the diagnosis is uncertain will provide clarity.
Can abnormal cervical cells come back?
Usually you can have more laser treatment or a LLETZ. You may need to have a cone biopsy. But if the abnormal cells come back more than once, or if your doctor thinks the risks are too great, they may ask you to have a hysterectomy. This is to prevent you from developing cancer of the cervix in the future.
Can abnormal cells go away?
Most women who have abnormal cervical screening test results do not have cervical cancer. Most have early cell changes that can be monitored (since they often go away on their own) or treated early (to prevent problems later).
How do you get abnormal cervical cells?
Most often, the abnormal test result means there have been cell changes caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). That’s the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), and can be linked to cervical cancer. Changes to your cervical cells caused by HPV can be mild, moderate, or severe.
How long does it take for abnormal cells to turn into cancer?
These aren’t cancer cells, but cells that may turn cancerous if left untreated for many years. It takes 10-15 years for pre-cancer to progress to cancer.
What happens if a colposcopy is abnormal?
You may need treatment if the results of your colposcopy show that there are abnormal cells in your cervix. The abnormal cells will be removed, which usually involves removing an area of the cervix about the size of a finger tip.
What are cause of cervical cancer?
Long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer.
What happens if you have precancerous cells in cervix?
Precancerous conditions of the cervix are changes to cervical cells that make them more likely to develop into cancer. These conditions are not yet cancer. But if they aren’t treated, there is a chance that these abnormal changes may become cervical cancer.
Can abnormal cells on cervix go away?
Although it’s common to feel uneasy, you should know that most women who have abnormal cervical screening test results do not have cervical cancer. Most have early cell changes that can be monitored (since they often go away on their own) or treated early (to prevent problems later).
How common are abnormal cells in cervix?
About 6 in every 10 people have abnormal cells in their cervix – known as cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) or cervical glandular intra-epithelial neoplasia (CGIN). This is not cancer, but there’s a risk it could turn into cancer if untreated.
What causes abnormal cervical cells besides HPV?
When HPV causes abnormal cell changes on the cervix this is called cervical dysplasia. It is important to note that there are other reasons besides HPV for abnormal Pap smear results such as infection, although the most common reason for abnormal Pap smear results is HPV.
What was your first cervical cancer symptom?
The first identifiable symptoms of cervical cancer are likely to include: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as after intercourse, between menstrual periods, or after menopause; menstrual periods may be heavier and last longer than normal. Pain during intercourse. Vaginal discharge and odor.
Should I be worried about an abnormal pap smear?
The fact is, an “abnormal” Pap result does not usually mean cancer, and HPV is exceptionally common to the point that almost all of us have been exposed to this virus and have had a transient infection. Since the vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, it is important to test for it regularly.
What if cervical biopsy is positive?
Results of a cervical biopsy A positive test means that cancer or precancerous cells have been found and treatment may be needed.
Can cervical cancer be cured completely?
Cervical cancer is often curable if it’s diagnosed at an early stage. When cervical cancer is not curable, it’s often possible to slow its progression, prolong lifespan and relieve any associated symptoms, such as pain and vaginal bleeding. This is known as palliative care.