An overwhelmingly successful cancer preventive tool is now in serious jeopardy

I can’t let this topic go today without sharing a very revealing quote.

In an interview with the New York Times, here’s how one of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force members described part of the thinking behind the new Pap smear recommendations…

“HPV in women under 30 is highly prevalent but also highly transient. Women under 30 may get infected with HPV, but they have a high likelihood of clearing that infection on their own, and it not causing any long-term change to their cervical tissue.”

See what they did there?

When they want to make the annual Pap smear sound like it’s completely unnecessary, they tone down the rhetoric about HPV dangers to a very mild level. But a couple of years ago, when “experts” were pushing Gardasil, they jacked up the scare headlines and made fatalities linked to HPV-related cervical cancer sound as common as car accidents.

As I’ve mentioned many times — including when I shared with you my own story of beating cervical cancer — the annual Pap smear is excellent protection because it catches cancers early, providing plenty of time for effective treatment. In fact, just last week I told you about a new study where frequent Pap smear screening produced a 92 percent cure rate and a 95 percent survival rate.

Those are the overwhelmingly successful numbers that are now in serious jeopardy.

“New Guidelines Advise Less Frequent Pap Smears” Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times, 3/14/12,

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