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Diagnostic Laparoscopy Findings -- Precancerous or Cancerous Growths

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Presentation: Women's Health -- Common Conditions, Tests, and Procedures
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Sometimes abnormal cells grow in the organs of the pelvis. If these cells continue to grow and multiply, they can form abnormal growths. There are three types of abnormal growths: noncancerous, which means they do not have cancer in them; precancerous, which means they might turn into cancer someday, and cancerous.
Non-cancerous growths, such as fibroids in the uterus, can cause pain and other symptoms, but frequently cause no problems at all.
Precancerous growths can be found on the cervix, even in younger women. Like non-cancerous growths, they may or may not cause pain, BUT they can turn into cancer with time. Some precancerous growths will grow quickly, and some will grow slowly. Early detection and treatment of these growths can help decrease your risk of developing cancer.
Cervical cancer, is a serious condition that occurs most frequently in women between the ages of 45 and 50. The cancer cells invade and destroy the healthy tissue of the cervix around them, and can often spread into other organs of your reproductive system, such as the uterus and ovaries. With time, the cancer can spread throughout your pelvis, and even to other parts of your body. Again, the treatment of cervical cancer should be effective if the cancer is detected early.
 

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