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PAP Smear Screening: This Foolish Cancer "Prevention" May Only Extend Your Life by 2.8 Days

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  • The recommendation for PAP smears, which screen for cervical cancer typically associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), has always been to have them done annually, but new guidelines have reduced this to once every three years
  • Annual PAP tests may be unnecessary, but the motivation to decrease their frequency may have arisen out of concern for the financial bottom line, rather than from genuine concern for women’s health
  • The heavily promoted alternative to PAP smears, the HPV vaccine, has been a flop, with less than 27 percent of women opting to receive it, and reports of serious adverse effects continue to pour in
  • There is evidence that HPV vaccines may actually increase your risk for cervical cancer, especially if you are exposed to the virus prior to getting the vaccine

By Dr. Mercola

Women over age 21 are now being dissuaded from annual PAP smears.


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