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My fiance had a Pap smear today and a lump the size of a dime was found on her cervix. I need a straight answer here. How bad is this? I cant find any good info on this and I'm scared.
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Dear JS1978,

Thanks for writing in.

I understand your concern.

A lump in the cervix may be benign (not of major concern, like a polyp) or cancerous or a cancer-in-situ (nascent stage for cancer). The appearance of the lump says a lot. For example, a smooth soft swelling may be a polyp, whereas an irregular friable thing is more suggestive of cancer.

I need to know the age of your fiancée because in young women it is more often benign.

I am sure that if the physician suspected anything serious, he/she must have done a biopsy for confirmation. It would provide an answer to your questions.

If you could send me further details about the lump, then I would be in a better position to help you. I would also like to know if a biopsy has been scheduled and the results of a biopsy (if one has been taken)

I thank you again for submitting your question. I hope you find my response to be both helpful and adequate. If you have any additional concerns regarding your question, I would be happy to address them.

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Best Regards,
Dr. Indranil Ghosh
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