Many times abnormal cell changes are not seen during our Pap test. A Pap test collects cells looking for abnormal cells. When abnormal cells are seen on our Pap test a second test immediately follows screening for the DNA of high risk HPV types.. Abnormal cell changes due to the virus are not cervical cancer. If your doctor saw cervical cancer then he would refer you to an oncology gynecologist. Most often cervical cancer can be prevented with routine Pap tests.
Sometimes abnormal cell changes will turn white when an acid wash is used during a colposcopy
Did your doctor tell you abnormal cell changes were found during your Pap test. Did you have a colposcope?
Understanding cervical cell changes.
Here are some links of images of cervical cell changes
After the cervix is studied with the colposcope, the cervix is washed with a chemical called acetic acid, which is diluted 3% to 5%. The acetic acid washes away mucus and allows abnormal areas to be seen more easily with the colposcope. Moreover, the acetic acid stains the abnormal areas white. The areas that stain white after the acetic acid wash are called "acetowhite lesions." Sometimes, however, normal areas can also stain white, but these areas have vague or faint borders. In contrast, significant abnormalities, such as genital warts, pre-cancers (dysplasia), and cancers, generally produce acetowhite areas with distinct and clear boundaries.
Some low-grade lesions may appear white prior to the application of acetic acid and are termed leukoplakia.