Originally Posted by simplynat
It is difficult to say if those cases are truly fast progressing cancers or situations in which the previous tests may have been a false negative.
I read in a medical research paper that approximately only 5% of CIN2 and 12% of CIN 3 will progress into cervical cancer if left untreated. Due to the fact that it is impossible to know who will progress and who won't, it is important to keep on top of cervical dysplasia and either monitor it or have it removed - especially if severe.
Best wishes to you.
AMENamenAMEN! Many women (and even doctors) have an assuption that the pap will detect all bad cervical changes. The truth is, it doesn't. The pap only samples the cells on the outer cervix (1/3 of the cervix), not the cervical canal. The outer cervix might be fine, but there could be problems in the canal.
From what I've read, the progression is 5-10 years. I'm not sure how those numbers were acquired. Did they watch women who had untreated, but identified dysplasia and it took that long to develop into cancer? That's the only thing I can think of.