” We’ve been doing the HPV test in our office for about 7 years,” said Dr. Jay Staub, ” and I’ve actually have negative paps for 5 to 7 to 10 years in a row and had an HPV test that was positive and actually had cervical cancer. So, I think we’re headed in that direction. We just don’t have the data yet. I think we’re going to see studies that indicate that the HPV test is probably more accurate as a primary screen. “
Tthis strategy could prevent 22,000 cervical cancer deaths every year in India and close to 73,000 in resource-poor countries worldwide
” A large, randomized study conducted among 150,000 women in India over a period of 15 years reports that biennial visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), or vinegar, delivered by primary health workers, reduced cervical cancer mortality by nearly one-third (31 percent). Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in many developing countries, where there is little or no access to Pap screening. The researchers estimate this strategy could prevent 22,000 cervical cancer deaths every year in India and close to 73,000 in resource-poor countries worldwide. ”
I will continue having an annual Pap smear, as specifically stipulated in the fine print of the screening recommendations, because of my increased risk for cervical/vaginal cancer… … We all must remain aware of changing medical guidelines in order for each of us to advocate for — and receive — the care we need to protect our health. Awareness is the key.
StarTribune Letters | Letter of the Day (March 18, 2012) | Pap smears
Guidelines from the American Cancer Society are that women 70 and older who have had three consecutive normal Pap smears and no abnormal results in the past 10 years may choose to stop Pap smears. Some women need to continue having Pap smears though … This includes women who received DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy … via FloridaToday