Cervical Dysplasia is a disease of the cervix that has the potential to develop into life-threatening cancer, but it does not always take this course. Scientists continue to investigate what exactly causes this abnormal growth on the cervix. Doctors use the term lesions to describe these growths. Current research indicates a connection between this disease and the HPV virus. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) account for a significant portion of HPV infections. It also appears that other factors influence the chances of developing cervical dysplasia, for example, poor diet and smoking cigarettes.
When a doctor tells a patient, they detected abnormal growths on the surface of the cervix this patient naturally becomes very worried. There are genuine grounds for concern, but the transition from cervical dysplasia to cancer is far from automatic. In some milder cases, the lesions (growths) eventually disappear where patients have strong immune systems. Early detection is vitally important. Even though doctors do not fully understand why the disease develops, treatment methods have advanced to the point where fast diagnosis and effective care and follow up prevent it developing into cervical cancer.
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