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Abnormal Cervical Screening Tests

You have finally heeded the call and got your cervical screening test done. You get your results and it says “Abnormal test result." You start to panic.⠀


Although a diagnosis of a cervical abnormality can be worrisome, there is no cause to be alarmed. We share some facts about abnormal screening test results and what steps to take.⠀


SOME FACTS ABOUT CERVICAL ABNORMALITIES.⠀


• Cervical abnormalities form in the cells of the cervix (the area that connects the uterus and vagina)⠀


• Almost all cases of high grade cervical changes are caused by a common virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV)⠀


TYPES OF ABNORMAL SCREENING RESULTS⠀


• A borderline result indicates slight abnormalities ⠀


• Low grade dyskaryosis indicates mild cell changes ⠀


• High grade dyskaryosis indicates moderate or severe cell changes ⠀


• Glandular cell changes indicates abnormal cells in the cervical canal. ⠀


FURTHER TESTS⠀


• If you have received an abnormal result you may have to do a colposcopy.


• Colposcopy is simply a more detailed look at the cervix using a microscope.⠀


• The microscope stays outside your body. All that goes inside is the speculum, the same instrument used during your cervical screening. ⠀


• You may need treatment to remove the abnormal cells, your clinician will advice you about this. ⠀


TREATMENT FOR ABNORMAL CELLS⠀


The treatment for abnormal cells depends on how advanced the changes to the cells are. Remember, UNTREATED cervical abnormalities caused by HPV may over time develop into Cervical Cancer.


Credits: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust⠀⠀



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