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14 Dec 2005

cervical polyp and abnormal pap
My mother recently was told she had a polyp, noticed during her routine pap test. The doctor has now called her back as her pap came back with some abnormal cells. Apparently there was also some contact bleeding during the pap. She has a bit of a wait before she sees the specialist and she is very worried. Is this likely to be something serious? Are these 'abnomal cells' more of a concern when a polyp is present? I am trying to reassure her that this is why we have regular paps and finding abnormal cells means they can do something before it becomes invasive cancer.
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01 Jan 0001

Polyps are usually benign and have nothing to do with the abnormal cells. Abnormal cells vary in grade and mostly are precancerous and can be treated before they become cancerous.

Berni, the pap smear is a screening test and, if abnormal, further tests - the colposcopy and biopsy are done. You haven't told me what the test results were so I cannot really explain them further. Pap smears screen the cervix, so the fibroid would not have been detected by this.

Best wishes
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