I Have a Gripe

November 25, 2009

First the Breasts…Now the Cervix

First, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wants to change the requirements for mammography screening, now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has suggested women begin pap smears later in life and have them less often.

The new recommendations report a woman should begin cervical cancer screenings at age 21, regardless of sexual history. Furthermore, pap smears should only occur every two years between ages 21 and 29. They are again attempting to avoid false positives, spare us poor little women such mental trauma and unnecessary exams and treatments.

Obviously, I am not in favor of these changes. Just like the suggested mammography screening changes, they are playing the percentages. My question is how many deaths due to lack of screening are acceptable? How many mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, grandmothers, nieces, granddaughters and friends are OK to loose? Just let us all know and we’ll leave you alone until then.

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