Does Sex Affect Cervical Dysplasia?

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Cervical dysplasia is the abnormal appearance of cells on the surface of the cervix when they are looked at underneath a microscope. Although this is not cancer, it is considered a precancerous condition.

Dysplasia that is seen on a Pap smear is described using the term squamous intraepithelial lesion (SIL). These changes may be graded as:

  • Low-grade (LSIL)
  • High-grade (HSIL)
  • Possibly cancerous (malignant)

Dysplasia that is seen on a biopsy of the cervix uses the term cervical...

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