Which histologic findings are diagnostic of cervical cancer?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cecelia H Boardman, MD; Chief Editor: Warner K Huh, MD  more...
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The histology of cervical malignancy is predominantly that of squamous cell carcinoma, which represents approximately 80% of cases, with adenocarcinomas representing almost 20%. Less common histologies include small cell carcinoma, melanoma, and lymphoma.

A study by Wang et al reported that atypical glandular cells found at cervical screening is associated with increased risk of cervical cancer for up to 15 years, particularly for cervical adenocarcinoma and women with atypical glandular cells at age 30-39. [63]


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