cervical

ASC-US on a Pap smear of the cervix

What does ASC-US mean on a Pap smear of the cervix? ASC-US stands for atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance. It means that abnormal cells were found on the surface of your cervix when the Pap smear was performed. Does ASC-US on a Pap smear mean cancer? No. ASC-US does not mean cancer. However, it …
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Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), also called invasive squamous cell carcinoma, is the most common type of cervical cancer. The tumour starts from squamous cells normally found in the epithelium on the outside surface of the cervix. SCC of the cervix can be keratinizing (KSCC), non-keratinizing (NKSCC), or basaloid. Keratinizing means that the tumour cells are …
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Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion of the cervix

Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL) of the cervix is an abnormal growth caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus infects squamous cells found in a part of the cervix called the transformation zone. Over time the infected cells develop genetic changes that lead to LSIL. The abnormal growth seen in LSIL is …
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High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion of the cervix

High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) of the cervix is a precancerous disease caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). It is composed of abnormal squamous cells that have been infected and transformed by the virus. The squamous cells are found in a part of the cervix called the transformation zone. There are many types of HPV …
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Endocervical adenocarcinoma

What is endocervical adenocarcinoma? Endocervical adenocarcinoma is a type of cervical cancer. It develops from glandular cells normally found in a part of the cervix called the endocervical canal. Most tumours develop from a non-invasive type of cancer called endocervical adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS). What are the symptoms of endocervical adenocarcinoma? The most common symptom …
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Endocervical polyp

What is an endocervical polyp? An endocervical polyp is a non-cancerous growth in the cervix. It is made up of endocervical glands and stroma. This type of growth is called a polyp because it sticks out from the inner surface of the endocervical canal. What are common symptoms of an endocervical polyp? Symptoms of an …
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How to read your Pap test report

What is a Pap test? The Pap test is a screening test that looks for abnormal cells in the vaginal portion of the uterine cervix. It is called a screening test because it is designed to detect disease before a person experiences any symptoms. The test was named after Dr. Georgios Papanicolaou who invented the …
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