Cervical dysplasia

Cervical dysplasia is the abnormal growth of precancerous cells on the surface of the cervix. The condition classification depends on the extent of abnormal cell growth.

Without treatment, 30 to 50% of cases of severe cervical dysplasia progress to invasive cancer. The risk of cancer is lower for mild dysplasia.

Cervical dysplasia is associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus. A vaccine is available to protect against HPV, and regular Pap tests can usually detect cervical dysplasia so it can be treated in an early stage.

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Review Date: 9/29/2015  

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