Re: Need help understanding HPV
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms with high risk HPV (unless it has caused a lot of cellular damage and leads to dysplasia and/or cancer).
59, I have never had a bad pap. I started having paps at 19, had one every year, and I am 45. Even my last pap (before the cancer diagnosis) was good. I *never* had a bad pap!
The only way we found the cancer so early was because my regular doc did the HPV/dna test when she did my last pap. The pap was ok, but the HPV test came back positive for high risk HPV. I got freaked out, so she sent me to a gyn for a colposcopy with possible biopsy (instead of waiting 3 or 4 months to retest).
The gyno did the colpo, but didn't need to take any biopsies of the exocervix. There was no dysplasia there. "Just to check" she did an ECC (endocervical curettage) to check the endocervical canal. That came back adenocarcinoma in situ (highest level of precancer). She ordered a cold knife cone biopsy (with another ECC, D&C, and encometrial biopsy). The cone back back adenocarcinoma Ia1.
I then went to a gyn/oncologist. She said I needed a hyst to remove my uterus and cervix.
I am amazed and relieved to know that my doctors were so proactive. I can hardly believe they found the cancer at such an early stage.