Identification of premalignant lesions

We know that infections even from high-risk types of HPV are temporary and usually regress on their own.

We also know that even in the few cases where premalignant lesions form, these:

  1. Develop into cancer very slowly,
  2. The majority of them can be detected through preventive screening, and
  3. They are treatable.

Therefore, when we refer to secondary prevention, we mean finding premalignant lesions and treating them. Premalignant lesions can be detected using various methods, such as: Pap test, HPV test and colposcopy.