Cervical abnormalities: CIN3 and CGIN

Messages to others

The women we talked to offered many different types of advice based on their experiences of having CIN3 / CGIN. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for someone else. Here are some of their suggestions'

Cervical screening can help prevent cervical cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities. Attending for appointments when invited is extremely important. Don’t let fear or lack of time prevent you from going. Any abnormality that is found can then be treated at an early stage.

If you are diagnosed with CIN3, remember that CIN3 is not cancer and it is treatable.

Try not to worry – the health professionals are there to treat you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at appointments, even if you feel they might be silly or trivial.

If you are anxious or have lots of unanswered questions, don’t be afraid to talk to your GP.

The information on the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website is very helpful. This is a site dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Try not to spend lots of time looking on numerous websites because the quality and reliability of the information varies and could cause unnecessary worry. It is important to get accurate information.
It is helpful to talk to other women who have had CIN3 / CGIN. It can be surprising and reassuring to know just how many women it affects, who are treated successfully first time.
Talk to friends and family about what is happening and how you feel. It’s important not to isolate yourself.
It can be helpful to take someone with you to appointments, especially if you’re feeling nervous or anxious. Another person can provide support as well as help remember information.
Seek a second opinion if you feel unhappy with the care or treatment being offered. Looking after yourself before and after treatment is also important.
Last reviewed May 2014.
Last updated May 2014.

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