Dear Dr. Northrup, My 27-year-old daughter has had abnormal Pap smears. In all, there were three tests, six months apart, with mild abnormalities. Two biopsies revealed that there were no cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. If the Pap smears remain abnormal, should she continue to have biopsies each time, as her doctor suggests? Thanks – G.E. […]
Imagine this. You go in for a mammography, and the technician finds a mass that looks suspicious. The mass is biopsied, and it’s cancer. Your doctor, who’s been sympathetic and encouraging, sits you down to talk with you about your prognosis and says, “There’s a good chance your breast cancer will disappear.” If you’re like most women, you would be stunned and confused.