Have we forgotten the pap smear (pap test) in our routine women’s health arsenal? As a medical person, I keep abreast of things like this, and I don’t hear about pap smears anymore…have you? From age 25 to 45, I’ve had one every 3-5 years.
However, in the last 12 years, I have seen ads for Gardasil vaccines (and flu shots) pretty much everywhere…
A Tiny Pap Smear History
- In 1960, only 30 percent of American women had ever had a Pap smear, and 40% had never even heard of it.
- By the mid-1970s, over 50% of women were having annual Pap smears, and
- By 1980 the figures had jumped to 80%. Over the same interval, deaths from cervical cancer declined by almost 70%. (source)
Today, there still are over 4,500 new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed annually, with most of these occurring in women who have NEVER had a Pap smear.
- By 1992, it was discovered that cervical cancer was causally related to the human papilloma virus (HPV) virus (the most common STD),…
- and by 2003 it became possible to detect the HPV virus from the Pap smear sample itself, enabling doctors to identify high-risk women.
The American Cancer Association itself says:
“A well-proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have testing (screening) to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test (or Pap smear) and the brand new human papillomavirus (HPV) test are used for this.
If a pre-cancer is found it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.”
Along Came the HPV vaccine…
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration licensed the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer caused by certain strains of HPV. That vaccine was Gardasil made by Merck & Co. (source – What Happened to the Pap Smear?)
(Be informed that more than 90% of those who become infected naturally clear the infection from the body within 2 years. (4))
Could it be that there isn’t much money to be made from pap smears (tests) where there are large profits from vaccine sales? I could be wrong, but I find it suspicious.
Adverse Events Reported For HPV Vaccines
The Gardasil vaccine has had a lot of bad press and the VAERS reporting has shown that.
I have written on this a lot as I have seen too much.
- Gardasil Vaccine: Learn Life-Altering Adverse Reactions to HPV Vaccines
- Top Pediatricians Warn Against the HPV Vaccine Gardasil
- Evidence: HPV Vaccine Caused This Woman’s Stage 3 Cancer
The Word ‘Gardasil’ No Longer on Ads
This was pointed out to me by an observant young woman. The pic on the right (below) is of one of the ads in her BH&G magazine.
If you’ll notice, the HPV vaccine is not marketed as Gardasil anymore. Merck is the maker of “both” Gardasil and the HPV vaccine that’s being advertised now. My friend (and I) are disturbed that they are wielding fear and guilt against parents to sell these vaccines.
I hope moms and dads will become fully informed before falling for the fear and guilt tactics. Please think for yourself and do not follow the crowd.
No More Amnesia! Remember the Pap Smear
Pap smears are well worth the time if you ask me vs. a vaccine that can cause terrible side effects and even death!
(As of October, 2018), New Screening Tests Exist for HPV-related Diseases
CDC (see the 2 admissions here!): “The Pap test (1.) can find abnormal cells on the cervix so that they can be removed before cancer develops. And an HPV DNA test, which can find certain HPV types on a woman’s cervix, may also be used with a Pap test in certain cases (called co-testing). (2.) Even women who were vaccinated when they were younger need regular cervical cancer screening because the vaccines do not protect against all cervical cancers.”
NBC News (August, 2018): “New cervical cancer screening recommendations out Tuesday may make Pap smears a thing of the past for women over 30. For women under 30, the Pap smear is still the best option” and “In the U.S., our biggest challenge is reaching women who have not been screened.”
CNBC similarly states, “…some evidence shows that HPV tests are more sensitive than conventional Pap tests, meaning they correctly identify more people at risk for cervical cancer. They may also allow for a longer time between screenings since they detect the virus before it has the chance to cause cellular changes.”
So, if these statements are true, the HPV vaccine is (I’m not trying to be funny) overkill, beside the point, a big gamble if you get proper screening including pap smears and after 30, new cervical cancer screening. Be informed before you give your consent.
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