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Having a pre-cancerous condition doesn’t mean that you have cancer, or that you will definitely develop cancer. But pre-cancerous conditions are diseases or syndromes that might develop into a cancer, so it’s important to monitor your health.
Breast calcifications are usually harmless. These small deposits of calcium are most likely to be found during a mammogram.
Women with Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) should have regular breast screening. LCIS is not a cancer, but indicates a risk of cancer in later life.
Cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) is a term used to describe changes in the surface (squamous) cells of the cervix.
MGUS (mono gammopathy of unknown significance) is a non-cancerous condition. It does not usually cause any symptoms but a small number of people are more likely to develop cancer.
Bowen’s disease is a skin condition. Rarely, Bowen’s disease that isn’t treated may develop into skin cancer.
Vaginal intra-epithelial neoplasia, or VAIN, can affect the vagina and, in some women, may develop into cancer after many years.
Vulval intra-epithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a skin condition affecting the vulva. It may develop into cancer after many years.
Vulval lichen sclerosus and lichen planus are skin conditions that commonly affect the vulva. They occasionally develop into vulval cancer.
Barrett's oesophagus is a condition that can sometimes develop into cancer of the lower oesophagus.
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