You want to talk about false information. Read the red. Pap Smears don't prevent cancer. They detect it earlier, but they can not in any way prevent it.Gaah this is exactly why it's so dangerous to spread this psuedo-science around.
Please please ladies look at reputable, evidence based resources when deciding what to do. I am all for informed decision making, but on REAL information.
Detailed figures on cervical cancer and cervical cancer
screening in Australia.
The most recent statistics on the National Cervical Screening Program
- Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable of all cancers.
Since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program, the mortality
from cervical cancer has halved..
- A Pap smear every two years can prevent the most common form of cervical
cancer in up to 90% of cases and is the best protection against cervical cancer.
are published in Cervical Screening in Australia 2007-2008. This report
- In 2007-2008, 3,652,181 Australian women had Pap smears. Of these 3,599,919
(98.6%) were in the target age group 20-69 years.
- The two-year participation rate for the National Cervical Screening Program
was 61.2% of women in the target age group in 2007 to 2008.
- The three-year participation rate was 73.9% and the five-year participation
rate was 86.3% for the same age group.
- In 2008 the National Cervical Screening Program detected 15,814 women in the
target age group with high-grade abnormalities.
- The number of new cases of cervical cancer in Australia has continued to
decline. There were 715 new cases in Australia in 2006 compared with 1,092
detected in 1991, at the start of the organised screening program.
- The age-standardised mortality rate from cervical cancer has more than
halved since the start of the program, from 3.9 deaths per 100,000 women in 1991
to 1.9 deaths per 100,000 women in 2007.