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Cervical Cancer

Your Pap smear came back "precancerous cells" or "abnormal". What is this all about?

HPV / Human Papilloma Virus is responsible for precancerous or abnormal cells. HPV is also the virus that causes warts. You don't have warts ? There are many different types/strainsof HPV, some that cause warts and others that can lead to cervical cancer or abnormal cells in the cervix.

The good news is that you have found out early! This is the reason for reccomended annual and biannual pap smears. Cervical Dysplasia is very treatable if caught early, but like most other precancerous cells can post serious complications if not detected.  


From the American Cancer Society:

"About 3,870 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States during 2008. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. The cervical cancer death rate declined by 74% between 1955 and 1992. The main reason for this change is the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. It can also find early cervical cancer in its most curable stage. The death rate from cervical cancer continues to decline by nearly 4% a year."

Other Cervical Cancer Questions:


I have been tested for HPV and the test was positive. I have had two abnormal paps, and cyrotheraphy. I have been with the same parter for 18 months, the diagnosis came during this time. What should our intercourse regime be to assure we don't keep passing the virus back in forth. I'm only 25, and I fear that I am eventually headed for cervical cancer. What advice could you give me?

I was diagnosed with HPV (the cervical cancer type) a couple of years ago. I had only slept with one partner - now we're separated. I was wondering, we always gave oral to each other, even after I was diagnosed, could the virus have been passed on to our mouths. Is it safe for me to kiss anyone else?

I was recently diagnosed with HPV and my doctor told me that I don't have warts, he said that I have to have a pap every 6 months to see if the virus moves to another part of my body where it won't cause any problems, he wants to make sure I don't get cervical cancer.If it does move to another part of my body can I than give the virus to a person I have intercourse with? And can the virus come back to my cervix or can it develop into warts? Thank you!

Is it possible for mild cervical dysplasia to devlope into cervical cancer within 7 months if not treated immeditately?

I am a 24 year old female? I have had an abnormal pap and was sent for a Colposcopy. The OB-GYN said I have abnormal cells and am showing positive signs of HPV. I have been witht he same partner for 3 years and we are married. He was a virgin when he met me. I have had had 3 partners prior to him all over four years ago. Is it possible I really have this infection or should I get a second opinion? My biopsy results will be back in 2 weeks Do you think its evident I have cervical cancer?

I read an article in Cosmopoltian, stating that women with HPV, who take birth control pills, are three times more likely to develop cervical cancer. Is that true?

Last month they detected the high risk HPV type in the pap test and has scheduled for a colposcopy for later this month. Meanwhile I read about HPV virus and learned that the high risk type can lead to cervical cancer. I found that there are no real symptoms until the cells actually turn cancerous. Surprisingly I seem to have most of the symptoms like leg aches, discharge, pain during intercourse, pain in the pelvic area. But am also sure that cancer wouldn't have developed within a year.

How long does it take for the strain of hpv that causes penile or cervical cancer to develop into penile of cervical cancer?


Please also read our HPV 101 page. This contains all of the information you need regarding abnormal cells related to HPV - put into simple terms!



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