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I am turn 28 in little over 3 months and try my hardest to live healthy life. At the age 18 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Like many ppl I get my yearly examine done that some dread cause it is uncomfortable or are afraid of the results.

Late last year, like normal I get my examine done. I get a call from the doctor a week later stating my pap smear is abnormal and I need to come in. I go see them and they explain they are sending me for more precise test called a coloscopy (can't sp), but only two doctors in the city have the scope that does that.

I really wasn't worried considering it took them 2 months to get me an appointment with one of those doctors. So the end of feb I go in for this more extensive scope and biopsy.

Last week I got a call from that doctor stating that I have mild to moderate dysplasia, but the biopsy wasn't conclusive enough to tell in if I have precancer cervical cells or cancer cells. He goes you cells are developing and could be heading that way. Therefore I am you scheduling for LEEP procedure on April 6th and if need be laser treat to burn of any precancer cells.

What was supposed to be normal routine has turned into field day (excuse my humor).

I am only sharing this story as reminder that it is better to know early than to not know and find on you have stage 3 cervical cancer.

So all you women and girls that put off your yearly examines, I ask this you would rather have better odds are living if detected early or would u rather wait and fight a battle that probably could have been avoid/lessened?

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Hugs for you my dear! :huggy: How very scary! One of my good friends sisters was just diagnosed with cervical cancer. My friend has not had an exam since her last child (who is now 11) and is terrified of going now. I am still trying to convince her to go, if not for herself, but the thought of her children. I have my exam tomorrow. Hate it! But I know I have to go. :angel3:

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Spanish, I hope she does go because it is very treatable (not curable) during the early stages.

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Good reminder. I know I learned a lot more about why it's important; my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 endometrial cancer this past Christmas. She had some odd symptoms for a few months and the family doc kept pushing them off as other things. One radical hysterectomy and two rounds of chemo and radiation later, she's going back for more rounds of treatment...don't put off your girly health issues. If you think it's more than run-of-the-mill "common" female issues, insist on more testing.

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I had an abnormal pap smear a few years ago. It was one of the scariest things I've been through. :huggy: for you.

And I agree, just go and get your paps done. I'd rather endure 10 minutes of discomfort once a year than find something out way too late.

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Thanks everyone!!! Just wanted to share why it is important to get your yearly checkup. I just waiting up that day and preparing myself for the not so good news, but hoping it isn't as bad.

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:huggy::huggy:

I hope that everything goes ok for you!!

I had my inside woman parts removed a few years ago.. BEST thing that ever happened to me. But I am old and my kids are grown enuf that it dont matter that the parts are missin.

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Eskie...I don't want kids and my SO is very supportive of that. He goes if they have to remove anything so that u can live, then so be it. Him saying that just made dealing with all this much easier.

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I think that we all dread this yearly appt. I am sorry that you are going through this, but I hope that you make it through well. Please keep us updated!

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Spanish, Did they give u the "if you don't hear from us they everything is ok and if you do that means the results can back something?" Both my normal doc said that and the specialist said it. I hope u here nothing, aka good news!

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Marie-They typically call even if everything turns out okay. I think they like to just call and reassure that everything is a-okay. They also call if there might be trouble ahead. :smilie: So now I just have to wait to hear back. It typically takes about a week or so i think. I can't remember. lol!

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SR- For shame!!! You should go and make sure your cooter is healthy and happy!!! :happy0203:

What SHE said. Happy Cooter Day! Needs to be a holiday, don't you think?

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I just went in last Tuesday for my first checkup. I was 19 then, 20 now lol I actually went in having problems, but we figured it out and he is very on top of things. I'm glad I went. I really liked him, he didn't make me feel uncomfortable at all, which surprised me as I was freaking out. Heck he even has horses!!!

I agree everyone should go get checked. My cousin hasn't had a checkup since my little cousin was born and that was 9 years ago. We get after her all the time.

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I am 44. I had my yearly exam (i.e. "shoe horn treatment") yesterday 3/15.

Get them done, everyone.

:angel3::huggy::angel3::huggy::angel3:

And your mammograms too. Also, seearch YouTube for Inflammatory Breast cancer, a little known killer. :huggy:

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What SHE said. Happy Cooter Day! Needs to be a holiday, don't you think?

:rotf: :rotf: Could you imagine?! "National Happy Cooter day-Get an exam, love your cooter" All the men would love that holiday and try claiming they were certified!! LMAO! :rotf: :rotf:

OMG!! We could have T-SHIRTS!!! :crazy:

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I had the LEEP 25 years ago after an abnormal pre-cancer cell result. Thank goodness that a procedure like it exists. It was not painful at all and I have tested fine since then. Good luck. I am 53.

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SR- For shame!!! You should go and make sure your cooter is healthy and happy!!! :happy0203:

Definitely what she said!!!

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As much as we all hate this part of a physical I have to agree on the importance of it. I was diagnosed last yr and had to go thru a procedure to have the "bad cells" removed. The worst part was the biopsy if anything. I went a long period without insurance so that was my excuse. I am just finishing up the year of exams every 4 months because of what they found. Every time I go I am hesitant but am so glad I do as it has been all clear since. If I make an all clear this last time I will be able to go back to regular screenings. Mothers.....talk to your daughters about the how important this is. It saved my life.

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As much as we all hate this part of a physical I have to agree on the importance of it. I was diagnosed last yr and had to go thru a procedure to have the "bad cells" removed. The worst part was the biopsy if anything. I went a long period without insurance so that was my excuse. I am just finishing up the year of exams every 4 months because of what they found. Every time I go I am hesitant but am so glad I do as it has been all clear since. If I make an all clear this last time I will be able to go back to regular screenings. Mothers.....talk to your daughters about the how important this is. It saved my life.

I don't mind going in for the procedure, but is the many checkups afterwards that I will hate. I agree the examine probably saved my life.

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I had everything removed last August. What used to be an entire neighborhood is now a dead end road. Yay!!! :winking:

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Larks, that isn't creepy at all!!! I hope we both have good outcomes. Also, I hope that u test clear or good for many many many tests to come after this one!!

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I too am very, very adament about going in. I have been abnormal twice but from the colpo's, they've came back as non-cancerous and with staying on top of my diet and exercise in the last colpo there was less. I HATE having abnormal results. I with they'd just come back normal!! :bang_head::surrender: I also wish more girls got them done. I know that some Planned Parenthoods offer these services.

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As much as we all hate this part of a physical I have to agree on the importance of it. I was diagnosed last yr and had to go thru a procedure to have the "bad cells" removed. The worst part was the biopsy if anything. I went a long period without insurance so that was my excuse. I am just finishing up the year of exams every 4 months because of what they found. Every time I go I am hesitant but am so glad I do as it has been all clear since. If I make an all clear this last time I will be able to go back to regular screenings. Mothers.....talk to your daughters about the how important this is. It saved my life.

I was diagnosed @ 22 and went through 5 years of surgeries and therapy before having everything removed. I did 5 years of every 3 months having a PAP done and yes it saved my life too.

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