Pap Smear Epithelial Cell Abnormality

Pap Smear Epithelial Cell Abnormality

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When a pap smear offers evidence that the epithelial cells are abnormal, this means that there are cells that are an unusual size or shape on the cervix in the vagina. While many believe that this is the sign of cancer, it simply means that there is a possibility that there are pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Abnormal cells actually consist of several different categories that may be discovered with a pap smear. If they surface, further testing will be necessary. Sometimes, women are required to undergo several rounds of testing before the actual diagnosis is found. Most of the time, doctors will discover that the epithelial cells are growing and functioning normally.

One of the reasons that epithelial cell abnormalities may appear is because of the presence of cervical dysplasia. With this, cervical cells begin growing abnormally or growing in great numbers. While the cells themselves are not cancerous, it is possible that they will develop into cancer over a ten year timeframe. Usually, this condition occurs in women who are between 25 and 35 who do not have any symptoms.

Another reason that these abnormalities could occur is because of infections, like herpes or HPV. HPV is a main risk factor for cervical cancer. Yeast infections or certain parasites can also cause the cells to be abnormal when tested through a pap smear.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.