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    How can HPV progress into cervical cancer?

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    ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    The Pap test is designed to determine cellular changes in cervical tissue. Cellular changes can indicate inflammation or infection present, but the test is specifically done to determine if HPV virus is present.  HPV causes precancerous cellular changes.  Inflammation or infection may spontaneously resolve (or may need specific treatment), however the presence of HPV virus  may need further action. From time of infection, the Papilloma virus may take ten years to evolve into cervical cancer.  Early detection at the pre-cancerous stage is desirable and possible with regular Pap tests.

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