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I havent had a pap smear in about 4-5 years. I am a 42 year

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I haven't had a pap smear in about 4-5 years. I am a 42 year old woman. I had a pap smear on 5/22 that came back with Atypical Glandular Cells. I was also negative for HPV. I am scheduled for a Coloposcopy on 6/19. My doctor wanted me to go sooner but I am going out of town and scheduled it for the 19th. What could this result mean?
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Atypical glanduar cells
indicate that the PAP smear is abnormal but does not necessarily indicate the presence of pre cancerous cells.
Moreover, as you do not have HPV it is a good sign and reduces the risk for cervical cancer.
However, colposcopy would be the next investigative tool that will help you get a good idea if there is any prospect for cancer at all.But you may need follow up PAPsmear after 6 months or so which will be indicated by your doctor.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your answer. I also forgot to mention that I have been having bleeding between my periods for about a year now. Does this sound suspicious. I am so scared about the results. Should I be worried? Thank you.
Well, bleeding between your periods is known as intermenstrual bleeding. While cervical and uterine cancer is a rare cause for such bleeding, it can be hormonal, due to ovarian cysts, vaginal dryness, oral contraceptives,cervical or endometrial polyps (benign or non-cancerous growths in the womb or the lining of the cervix) etc.

Although your situation is a cause for concern, you need not panic as you are on the right track of investigation.

My best wishes are with you!

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