Cervical Dysplasia: Is It Cancer?

I had a Pap test recently, and my doctor said the results showed cervical dysplasia. What does that mean? Is it cancer? Answer From Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D. No. Cervical dysplasia isn’t cancer. The term indicates that abnormal cells were found on the surface of the cervix. Cervical dysplasia can range from mild to severe, […]


Cervical Cysts: Can They Be Cancerous?

Can cervical cysts be cancerous? Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. Cervical cysts aren't cancerous. The most common variety is a nabothian (nuh-BOW-thee-un) cyst, which forms when normal tissue on the outer part of the cervix grows over the glandular, mucus-producing tissue of the inner part of the cervix. When mucus, fluid or tissue becomes […]

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Cervical screening error: More women affected

An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence of any harm having resulted […]