Wondering what it means if you’re diagnosed with cervical dysplasia? Read below for a guide to the basics of this condition, and what you need to know about it.
What Is Cervical Dysplasia? Understanding The Basics
Cervical dysplasia is a condition characterized by abnormal cell growth in the cervical lining or endocervical canal. However, it is precancerous. Cervical dysplasia does not necessarily indicate cancer.
It’s also known as CIN (Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia). It’s most commonly associated with HPV infection, and usually develops in women under the age of 30, though it can develop in women of all ages.
Typically, it causes no symptoms. Most of the time, it’s discovered as part of a routine Pap smear, and women who are diagnosed and receive the proper follow-up treatment have a very good prognosis, with a low risk of developing cervical cancer. However, women who are not diagnosed or don’t get appropriate care may have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.
Is Cervical Dysplasia The Same As Cervical Cancer?
No. While cervical dysplasia does indicate the growth of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix, these cells are not cancerous. This condition can range from mild to severe depending on the appearance and quantity of abnormal cells, but even severe cases of CIN are not cancer.
However, yearly testing is usually required for most patients with cervical dysplasia, as it can contribute to the risk of developing cervical cancer.
Treatment Options For Cervical Dysplasia
For patients with mild cervical dysplasia, no treatment is typically required. The condition usually resolves on its own, and will not become cancerous. However, you should see your OB/GYN yearly for HPV testing and pap testing until the condition has been resolved to ensure that there are no changes that could indicate cancerous growth. Once the condition has resolved, you will only need to be tested every 3-5 years, depending on your age.
In more severe cases of cervical dysplasia, you may require a procedure to remove the abnormal cells from your cervical lining or endocervical canal. Your OB/GYN will explain your options for treatment, and ensure you get the care that you need.
Know The Facts About Cervical Dysplasia!
Cervical dysplasia is not cancer, but it can increase your risk of developing cervical cancer, so it’s important to consult with your OB/GYN to ensure you get the proper testing and treatment to control and manage your condition.