Precancerous Cervical Lesions

Symptoms: 

Precancerous changes in the cervix often do not cause any signs or symptoms

Tests to diagnose: 

An abnormal Pap test result is often the first sign that some cells in the cervix are abnormal. This is why it is important to have regular Pap tests and pelvic examinations.

If the doctor suspects a precancerous condition of the cervix, further tests will be done to make a diagnosis. Tests may include:

  • Another Pap test after a few months (usually 3 to 6 months), if there are mild changes
  • HPV test, which may be done on a sample of cervical cells taken during a Pap test
  • Colposcopy and biopsy
  • Endocervical curettage during colposcopy
Treatment: 

Treatment options for precancerous changes in the cervix may include:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Cone biopsy
  • Hysterectomy