Has the medical community become so complacent with the high percentage of Americans becoming infected with HPV (80 percent at some time in their lives) that they would introduce guidelines which delay a woman’s diagnosis thus maintaining the status quo of contagion or worse? Is the cost-effectiveness of delaying screening taking priority over the best interest of the patient in whom an early diagnosis is crucial? It certainly does appear that way.
And what about the psychological effects on women including the guilt of knowing that they have exposed their partners? When the medical community fails to treat the patient as a whole - physically and psychologically - and when cost-effectiveness takes priority, we have indeed begun the a journey down a very slippery slope.
Cervical Cytology Screening: The Impact of the New ACOG Guidelines.
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First Cervical Cancer Screening Delayed Until Age 2, Less Frequent Pap Tests Recommended. For Release: November 20, 2009. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Retrieved August 7, 2011 from http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr11-20-09.cfm
Reviewed August 8, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Jody Smith