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September 23, 2021  
EDUCATION CENTER: Clinical Overview

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  • Cervical Dysplasia

    Clinical Overview
    Cervical dysplasia occurs when cells in the cervix change to resemble cancer cells. Thirty to fifty percent of cases of untreated dysplasia will develop into cervical cancer; however, the condition is not necessarily cancerous. Dysplasia is treatable.

    The cause is unknown, though human papillomavirus (HPV) might be one cause. Women at the highest risk for developing dysplasia:


    • Are between the ages of 25-35
    • Became sexually active before 18 years of age
    • Bore children before 18 years of age
    • Have a history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially HPV, HIV and genital herpes.

    Last updated: Feb-23-07

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