Prevention & Screening: Pre-Cancerous Conditions
"Pre-cancerous cells" appear abnormal under a microscope and can, if left untreated, develop into cancer. This is also called carcinoma in situ.One of the most common and trustworthy tests used to detect precancerous and cancerous gynecologic conditions is the Pap Test. Removal of the abnormal cells prevents cervical cancer. Pap tests can also find cervical cancer early, when the chance of being cured is very high.
If you have had an abnormal pap testFirst, talk to your healthcare provider. Sometimes, their recommendation will be to wait a period of time and have another Pap test before taking any other action. If the recommendation is to seek some form of treatment.
If you have:
- abnormal Pap test
- vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN)
- carcinoma in situ
- condyloma (genital warts)
- human papilloma virus (HPV)
If you have:
- cervical dysplasia (also known as cervix intraepithelial neoplasia or CIN)
- squamous intraepithelial lesion (SIL)
Please visit the Multidiscipinary Gynecologic Oncology Clinic's webpage.
Still have questions?The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.