Can cervical cancer be missed on a Pap smear?
Other research suggests that a single Pap test can miss early signs of cervical cancer up to half the time. While the Pap test is valuable, it does not always detect cancer cells early, when treatment is easiest and most effective.
Can you still have cervical cancer with a normal smear?
You are very unlikely to develop cervical cancer if you have regular cervical screening tests at the times advised by your doctor. If the test shows any abnormality, you will have treatment to stop you ever getting cancer of the cervix. So, an abnormal test usually does not mean you have cancer.
Does a normal Pap mean no cancer?
A Pap smear checks for any cells that don’t look healthy and normal and may be cancerous. A normal result means that all of the cells in your cervix look healthy and normal. They are not cancerous.
Can Pap smear detect all cancer?
No. A Pap test can’t reliably detect ovarian cancer. A Pap test is a procedure that involves collecting cells from your cervix and examining them under a microscope. A Pap test can detect cervical cancer and changes in your cervical cells that may increase your risk of cervical cancer in the future.
What are the warning signs for cervical cancer?
Early Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer
- Vaginal bleeding (either after intercourse, between periods or post-menopause)
- Abnormal vaginal discharge (heavy or with a foul odor)
- Pain during intercourse.
- Pelvic pain.
- Lower back pain.
- Pain and swelling in legs.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Decreased appetite.
How fast does cervical cancer grow?
It takes 15 to 20 years for cervical cancer to develop in women with normal immune systems. It can take only 5 to 10 years in women with weakened immune systems, such as those with untreated HIV infection.
Can dormant HPV be detected by Pap smear?
This is because HPV may remain dormant (“hidden”) in the cervical cells for months or even many years. While dormant, the virus is inactive; it won’t be detected by testing and will not spread or cause any problems.