What is the Schiller test?The Schiller test, which is usually done in the doctor's office, is the staining of cervical cells on the cervix in order to locate possible cancerous cells.
Why must a biopsy be done? Doesn't the Pap smear indicate whether or not I have cancer?The Pap smear is only a screening tool. Although it is very accurate as a screening device, a biopsy must be done to give a definite diagnosis of cancer. The biopsy also is essential for staging the disease. If the cell samples from the Pap smear show abnormality, additional diagnostic tests are performed. They may include colposcopy or conization. What do the terms dysplasia and hyperplasia mean when used in reference to cancer of the uterus.
Dysplasia is a term used in describing a condition in the cervix. The cells covering the cervix usually go through mild to severe changes before becoming cancer. These changes are called dysplasia. Similar changes in the tissue lining the uterus are called hyperplasia. Dysplasia develops most often in women between the ages of 25 and 35, but it may also develop in women in their late teens or early twenties.