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Unread 01-08-2004, 01:50 PM
Hard Cervix

Hi there i went to my gyno for my pap and we he did the pelvic exam he moticed that my cervix was hard and irritated. i freaked out but he told me to wait of rthe pap results before thinking it is cancer. It was a long 2 weeks but thank god teh pap came back negative. a few days later he calls to see if I had scheduled an appt with a gyno oncologist and i said I thought everything was fine but he insists on me seeing a specialist. i went to my primary and they ordered a pelvic u/s which showed that I have a 2cm fibroid, my lining is 5cm and my uterus ia normal and so are my ovaries. I have been having heavy bleeding ever sicne the birth of my 3rd child last June. Im 32 years old and very confused and scared has anyone else experienced this before.

janet
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Unread 01-08-2004, 08:03 PM
Hard Cervix

Canes,
Did your doctor say why he's sending you to a gyn/onc? Where is the fibroid? My guess is that your doctor is just doing a CYA. He wants to be SURE that it isn't cancer because a hard cervix is one symptom of cervical cancer. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding.

I had cervical cancer and my pap smears had always been fine. My tumor was on my cervix and the doctors all thought it was a fibroid. BUT I didn't have any heavy bleeding. My only symptom was a clear discharge and occasionally spotting. When the tumor was quite large, 6cm, the pap smear finally showed a CIN3. At that time I was already scheduled to see the gyn/onc because my gyn wanted to be 'sure' it wasn't cancer. One look at my cervix and they gyn/onc knew it was cancer. But my case was very unusual. Cervical cancer usually shows up as dysplasia years before it develops into cancer. It is very, very, rare for a fibroid to be cancerous. So chances are that you are fine and just have an annoying fibroid that is causing so much bleeding.

My guess is that your doctor wants a second opinion and wants to rule out any cancer anywhere. Gynocologists are among the doctors who are sued the most so they are often VERY cautious. He's just covering his butt! That's my opinion!

Hugs,
Janie
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Unread 01-08-2004, 08:45 PM
Hard Cervix

Oh, Janet! Of course you are scared! No one likes to hear the word "cancer" or "specialist". Hopefully, you will go to see the gyn/onc and they will decide that there is nothing serious going on. It is certainly best that you go to see someone who is a specialist in this area. You will gain so much peace of mind just by knowing that you are being looked after by the very best. Even if there is a problem that needs to be addressed, there's no one better than a gyn/onc to be involved in that determination.

I wish I could ease your fears, but it's not possible to know what's going on for sure until all of the testing is complete. I hope it's a short wait for an appointment--waiting is often the hardest part.

I will be keeing you in my thoughts and 'ers. Please let us know how things are going.
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Unread 01-09-2004, 08:50 AM
Hard Cervix

thank you for your info. tuesday I go for my results to see if Im anemic. My primary assured me that im too young to have calcifications but seeing all these stories on this site really makes me wonder. Is cervical cancer hereditaryt?

janet
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Unread 01-09-2004, 12:10 PM
Hard Cervix

No, cervical cancer is not affected by heredity (at least in the vast majority of cases). There are a couple of rare types of cervical cancer that might be genetically imposed (I am not familiar with all of the types because some are so rare), but that would not be the norm for 99%+ of cervical cancer cases.
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