How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?

By Chalida Jones on December 2nd, 2011

Question by dominican4ever: How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?
Due to lack of insurance I have not had a pap smear in over 2 years. I have a lot of weird symptoms when it comes to my period and pelvic pain and stuff. My last pap smear was normal and it was done a little over 2 years ago. I was wondering how long does it take to develop cervical cancer and how fast does it grow. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by IDU
It takes a while. If you have HPV and the body doesn’t clear it, the virus will start to cause abnormal changes in cervical cells.
You need to see your gynecologist.
See my article on HPV below…

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One Response to “How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?”

  1. hihocherrio Says:

    I have Cervical Cancer so I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject. Just like yourself, I did not have insurance and was unable to keep up with my Pap Smears. Before being diagnosed with Cervical Cancer, I had not had a Pap Smear in 9 years… I always worried what would happen by not being able to have it done and now I know… I ended up having to go to the Health Department in my county to have a Pap Smear. I also had to lie in order to have it done for free… I would highly suggest going to the Health Department once a year for a free or very low cost Pap Smear. Although it CAN take 10 years for Cervical Cancer to develop, it can also take much less time which is exactly why Pap Smears are normally done annually. Also to answer your other question, Cervical Cancer is one of the slowest growing (spreading) cancers that there are. As for how fast they can grow or how slow, I cannot say for sure but I have read many times that it is one of the slowest growing and most cureable. However, just because it is one of the cureable does not mean that the battle fighting it is any easier, physically or emotionally. Having Cervical Cancer is extremely stressful on the person as well as the people who love them. Please find a way to get yourself checked. My symptoms began with bleeding during / after sex, then some mild to moderate pelvic pains, sometimes I get very sharp pains now, also I have had bleeding in between periods, and become very light headed at times, I also have nausea and occasional vomiting. Keep in mind though that most of these symptoms did not start until I had already had one symptom for five months. Good luck and I really hope you are able to have a Pap Smear and an HPV test done as soon as possible.

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