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I just recently had a pap test done. And well the results came back that I had a yeast infection and that I have abnormal blood cells. I was confused about the yeast infection because I wasn't itchy at all. But abnormal cells? I'm scared. They said they have to do a biopsy and some kind of oscopy.... I can not remember what it's called. What can happen? Could I have cancer? I'm so scared.
   
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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 12th 2010, 01:26 AM

don't jump to conclusions. you could have any number of things, but theres no point getting worked up about it until you know what you're dealing with. more likely than not it'll be something easily treatable. sorry i don't have much advice, other than try not to get too worried. i hope it turns out ok for you!


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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 12th 2010, 01:50 AM

Not kidding. I'd be scared too. But just stay strong and know they are going to fix whatever is going on. And if there is something, they will catch it before it gets worse.


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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 13th 2010, 02:40 AM

Itīs difficult to know from the information you gave, but if itīs cervical cancer they are testing for (usually what a pap smear is for), then you should be fine. Itīs easy to treat and, generally, the only people who have serious complications from cervical cancer are people who have had it for a loong time. Plus, they test people all the time and the tests come out negative.


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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 13th 2010, 03:50 AM

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Itīs difficult to know from the information you gave, but if itīs cervical cancer they are testing for (usually what a pap smear is for), then you should be fine. Itīs easy to treat and, generally, the only people who have serious complications from cervical cancer are people who have had it for a loong time. Plus, they test people all the time and the tests come out negative.
where did you get this info from? it's misleading..


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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 13th 2010, 04:28 AM

Elle is right. You could have any number of things, or nothing. Whatever it is, worrying about it isn't going to cure it. Do your best to keep busy, and try not to worry until you know whether there's anything to worry about.

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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 13th 2010, 05:06 AM

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where did you get this info from? it's misleading..
Itīs just what Iīve heard and also what Iīve experienced (multiple women in my family have had cervical cancer). Iīm not saying that it isnīt serious, but if itīs caught early then itīs usually okay. The thing is that she is young (presumably anyway, since sheīs on a teen site), and the chances of her having had the cancer for very long are slim. Iīm just saying she doesnīt need to worry right now. I see it as she has the odds in her favour.

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Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/cervical


"With early detection, cervical cancer is usually easily treatable. Left unchecked, however, it is almost always fatal. Given time, the cervical cancer can spread (metastasize) to rest of the uterus, the bladder, the rectum, and the abdominal wall. Eventually, it can reach the pelvic lymph nodes and metastasize further, invading other organs throughout the body." http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/cervical.html

Women between ages 35-50 are at risk for having cervical cancer because it develops after abnormal cells have been present for several years. Those women who have had a sexually transmitted viral infection (such as genital warts), started having sex before age 18, or have had many sexual partners are also at risk for developing cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is serious if it has spread beyond the uterus. Invasive cervical cancer accounts for 3% of cancer related deaths in American women each year.

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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 13th 2010, 11:38 AM

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Itīs just what Iīve heard and also what Iīve experienced (multiple women in my family have had cervical cancer). Iīm not saying that it isnīt serious, but if itīs caught early then itīs usually okay. The thing is that she is young (presumably anyway, since sheīs on a teen site), and the chances of her having had the cancer for very long are slim. Iīm just saying she doesnīt need to worry right now. I see it as she has the odds in her favour.

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Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/cervical


"With early detection, cervical cancer is usually easily treatable. Left unchecked, however, it is almost always fatal. Given time, the cervical cancer can spread (metastasize) to rest of the uterus, the bladder, the rectum, and the abdominal wall. Eventually, it can reach the pelvic lymph nodes and metastasize further, invading other organs throughout the body." http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/cervical.html

Women between ages 35-50 are at risk for having cervical cancer because it develops after abnormal cells have been present for several years. Those women who have had a sexually transmitted viral infection (such as genital warts), started having sex before age 18, or have had many sexual partners are also at risk for developing cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is serious if it has spread beyond the uterus. Invasive cervical cancer accounts for 3% of cancer related deaths in American women each year.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/wom...calcancer.html
i don't disagree with those sources but to say that 'generally the only people who have serious complications are people who have had it for a long time.' isn't really true seeing as stage 2A cervical cancer, which is seen as 'early disease' only has about a 70% survival rate to 5 years.

anyways, i do agree with you that the odds are definitely in the favour of anyone who is young.. it is very unlikely that OP has something cancerous but if detected it is likely to be a stage 1 and more easily treatable.


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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 15th 2010, 08:38 AM

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I just recently had a pap test done. And well the results came back that I had a yeast infection and that I have abnormal blood cells. I was confused about the yeast infection because I wasn't itchy at all. But abnormal cells? I'm scared. They said they have to do a biopsy and some kind of oscopy.... I can not remember what it's called. What can happen? Could I have cancer? I'm so scared.
You must be talking about a colposcopy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colposcopy

It's pretty much just like a pap smear. They insert the speculum inside you, wash your cervix with acetic acid, and then they look at your cervix with this binocular/microscope thing. If they see anything that looks out of the ordinary, they will biopsy it. If they don't see anything, then that's that.

I've worked in OB/GYN offices before and there have been many times where the pap smear will show abnormal cells and then once they do the colposcopy, there's nothing there. In other words, there are false positives in pap smears. If they do find weird and the biopsy comes back positive for whatever, then they usually treat it by cutting out the bad cells. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loop_el...sion_procedure That's one of the methods that they typically use to get rid of the bad cells. I've met plenty of girls who have had that procedure done because their biopsies showed cervical dysplasia and they were doing just fine.

Anyway, there's not much you can do right now and that includes worrying! Try not to worry, you're in good hands. I also want to say GOOD FOR YOU! I'm glad you got a pap smear. This is why it is very good to be proactive about one's health.

Hope I helped a little. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

   
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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 26th 2010, 10:06 PM

guys stay on topic. and i agree with alot of other people comments dont be to worried about it and hope for the best


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Re: Biopsy? I'm scared! :( - February 27th 2010, 08:56 AM

For cancer, 70% survival rate to 5 years is pretty good. (If you compare this to other cancers, such as AML or brain tumours.)

But back on topic -

I had a similar thing happen a few years back, where I got told that I had a yeast infection and abnormal cells as well as a weird white blood cell count in my sample.

I was scared as hell and couldn't settle down until they got back to me after the secondary testing.
I was fine.

Scares happen a fair bit and they are very scary. The best you can do is wait for results and hope for the best. Stay strong, and all that jazz.


   
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