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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board

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Hi there, I know how scary it can be when you first receive an abnormal smear and given that you lost two members of your family to cervical cancer it is even more understandable to be concerned. However you should know that cervical cancer is not genetic or hereditary. Nearly all cervical cancers (99.8%) are caused by HPV and the link between women in the same family that develop cervical dysplasia or cancer is that they share the inability to clear the virus. Clear cell CC, while obviously a very aggressive for of cervical cancer is not caused by HPV and is considered to be rare (in the .2%). The pap smear result is *usually* comparable to that of a colposcopy - although abnormalities existing higher in the endocervical canal are difficult to detect through a pap. Are you scheduled for a colposcopy soon? What were the results of your smear? If they were ASC-US (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance), LGSIL (low grade squamous intra-epithelial lesion) or HGSIL (high grade squamous intra-epithelial lesion) then the abnormalities found are in the squamous cells which would not be clear cell CC as they affect a different cell. If you have a copy of your smear results, someone here may be able to tell you more specifically what they mean and may possibly be able to put your mind at ease more.
Best wishes!

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