Have you ever wondered why you get a Pap smear when you see your gynecologist? Your physician uses this screening test to look for cervical dysplasia and/or cervical cancer.
What Is Cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition characterized by abnormal cells. It is most often associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted disease. Sometimes, dysplasia will go away without any medical intervention. Rarely, it may turn into cancer.
Does Cervical Dysplasia Need to Be Treated?
Oftentimes, cases of HPV and cervical dysplasia will resolve themselves without medical intervention. There are frequently no symptoms associated with either of these conditions, so you may not even know you have cervical dysplasia without getting a Pap smear.
More severe cases of cervical dysplasia may require treatment. By treating cervical dysplasia, you may prevent cervical cancer from developing.
The good news about cervical dysplasia is that it is usually caught in early stages with regular screenings (Pap smear) and annual physicals with your gynecologist at Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center. With early detection, the success rate in treating cervical dysplasia and even cervical cancer is high. If severe dysplasia is detected, minor surgery to ablate or remove the precancerous cells may be necessary.
Schedule a Pap Smear With a Gynecologist Near You
Schedule your Pap smear with a gynecologist in Salt Lake City, Layton, or West Valley City by calling Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center at 801-214-7650. You can also schedule your appointment online.