Can cervical cancer be mistaken for a polyp?
Misdiagnosis of cervical polyps can occur under a variety of conditions such as polyps being mistaken for other diseases. Often, polyps are misdiagnosed as being gonorrhea, uterine cancer, non-gonococcal urethritis or cervical cancer. Polyps are sometimes simply missed entirely for lengthy periods of time.
What percentage of cervical polyps are cancerous?
As mentioned earlier, cervical polyps are benign in most cases, although they may be malignant in 0.2 to 1.5% of the cases. The removal of cervical polyps is a simple procedure with low complications. Women who have previously had polyps are at risk of recurrence.
Should I be worried about a polyp on my cervix?
Polyps on the cervix may not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, see your gynecologist right away if you experience vaginal discharge of white or yellow mucus, or abnormally heavy periods. You should also call your doctor if you experience vaginal spotting or bleeding: after sexual intercourse.
What can be mistaken for cervical cancer?
One situation sometimes seen by clinicians performing pelvic exams for abnormal bleeding that can be confused with cervical cancer is a prolapsed uterine fibroid. In this situation a large mass is seen on pelvic exam coming from the cervix. Again a biopsy if the diagnosis is uncertain will provide clarity.
What does cervical polyp bleeding look like?
Symptoms of Cervical Polyps
Some polyps bleed between menstrual periods or after intercourse. Rarely, polyps become infected, causing a puslike discharge from the vagina. Polyps are usually reddish pink and less than 1/2 inch (about 1 centimeter) in diameter.
What does a cervical polyp look like?
Cervical polyps are growths that usually appear on the cervix where it opens into the vagina. Polyps are usually cherry-red to reddish-purple or grayish-white. They vary in size and often look like bulbs on thin stems. Cervical polyps are usually not cancerous (benign) and can occur alone or in groups.
What happens after cervical polyp removal?
You may experience abdominal cramps during the removal of the polyp, as local anaesthetic cannot prevent these. Afterwards there may be some lingering abdominal pain for which we recommend over-the-counter painkillers. There may also be some discharge or light bleeding that could last for up to two weeks.
Why do I keep getting polyps on my cervix?
What causes cervical polyps? The cause of cervical polyps is not entirely understood. They may result from infection. They can also result from long-term (chronic) inflammation, an abnormal response to an increase in estrogen levels, or congestion of blood vessels in the cervical canal.
Can a Dr tell if a polyps is cancerous?
Some types of colon polyps are more likely to become cancerous than others. A doctor who specializes in analyzing tissue samples (pathologist) will examine your polyp tissue under a microscope to determine whether it is potentially cancerous.
How long does it take to recover from cervical polyp removal?
Recovery from a polypectomy usually takes about 2 weeks. Patients may feel pain following the procedure, particularly immediately after the procedure.
Are polyps on the cervix common?
These bumps inside your cervix are pretty common. They’re most common in women over age 20 who’ve given birth to more than one child. They’re rare in girls who haven’t started their period. Most cervical polyps are benign (not cancer).
How much does it cost to have a cervical polyp removed?
How Much Does a Cervical Polypectomy Cost? On MDsave, the cost of a Cervical Polypectomy ranges from $1,278 to $2,011. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can save when they buy their procedure upfront through MDsave.