Cervical Dysplasia Questions and Answers:
Q: What is cervical dysplasia?
A: Cervical Dysplasia is the abnormal growth of the epithelial tissue on the surface of the cervix.
It refers to a spectrum or continuum of changes specified as:
CIN I — mild dysplasia;
CIN II — moderate to marked dysplasia;
CIN III — severe dysplasia to carcinoma-in-situ (cancer localized to the intraepithelial tissue/superficial layer of the cervix).
Info Source: (US National Library of Medicine)
Q: Can Cervical Dysplasia turn into cancer?
A: Yes, is some cases. Depending upon the severity of the dysplasia, it can take up to 10 years to develop into cancer. Mild dysplasia is the most common form and can regress and return to normal on its own. The good news is that mild to moderate forms of cervical dysplasia can be treated.
Q: Can a pap test find cervical dysplasia?
A: Yes, and should be performed at least every 1-3 years.
Q: What are the risk factors of Cervical Dysplasia?
A: Smoking, multiple sex partners, sexual activity early in life, and sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV(Aids) or HPV (human papillomavirus)
Q: Does my sexual partner need to be checked?
A: Yes, if your dysplasia is determined to be caused by HPV.