A polypoid lesion in the cervical canal, also called a cervical polyp, is typically a benign lesion in most 35-year-old women. Polyps can cause bleeding between menstrual periods but are generally only cancerous in menopausal women, says the National Institutes of Health.
Many women deal with abnormal cervical lesions or other appearances after a pap smear. Doctors can diagnose cervical polypoid lesions, or cervical polyps, if they cause intermittent bleeding. Medical practitioners typically find signs of polyps when they conduct a pelvic exam, the National Institutes of Health claims. Other polypoid irregularities may be a sign of endometriosis or early onset cervical cancer, says the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Most 35-year-old women with cervical polyps do not have malignant lesions. Doctors may not remove polyps smaller than 5 millimeters and instead choose to monitor them during other checkups, states the National Institutes of Health. Gynecologists normally remove large polyps, however.
The vast majority of cervical polyps and polypoid irregularities are benign, the National Institutes of Health asserts. The chance of a malignant polypoid lesion is 1 in 1,000. Most women whose polyps result in cancer are in perimenopause or postmenopause. Typically, women enter the menopause stages in their 40s, so a 35-year-old is usually at a lower risk for cancer.