Interesting comments found on “Unnecessary Pap Smears” from women who work at a colposcopy clinic:
• 495 – Colposcopy Clinic Employee
May 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm
The money generated in that search amounts to billions. The industry banks on women being compliant and totally ignorant on the subject of cancer and testing. Most of these women could take legal action if they were enlightened on the topic.
Its “read the pathetic brochure, now lie back while I remove some of your healthy cervix and then I’ll give you my bill”.
I guess if you can get away with it…but it saddens me that few people put compassion and the welfare of women ahead of profits.
I’m disillusioned, I don’t understand or approve of it. I don’t test and never will. It’s legal mutilation of women.
I’m looking for another job and hate being part of this abuse.
• 496 – Colposcopy Clinic Employee
May 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm
I forgot to say this testing plays into the hands of many male doctors.
They love having young and attractive women exposed and in humiliating positions, some girls sob from that before the pain even starts. I also think they love being in control and having power over these young women.
I heard two of our male doctors joking about one of them getting too many of the nice looking “ones”.
Our female doctor keeps to herself and doesn’t mix much with the male doctors.
Men are men and you’ll never change that.
We see lots of very young women in our clinic, all with false positives and the male doctors love that.
It makes me sick to my stomach.
If you have this test and get an abnormal pap, ask for a female doctor. Don’t believe the garbage that doctors are different, men are men and even when they are totally professional, they’re still looking at you, a male at an exposed female.
• 497 – Milly
May 15, 2010 at 5:16 am
I worked at a colposcopy clinic at a large teaching hospital.
I’d also recommend a female doctor.
I noticed all the young women coming in for assessment and remembered at training we were told women under 25 had a very low chance of getting cervical cancer. I think it was 1 or 2 in every million and that these cancers were usually missed by pap smears because they were normally adenocarcinomas. The pap is more for squamous cell carcinoma, but still unreliable.
I asked one of our doctors why we were seeing lots of young women and she said the test didn’t work in young women and they got really abnormal results when nothing was wrong. I asked why we tested them and did procedures on them if screening wasn’t working and causing incorrect results. She said it takes a very long time to derail bad medical practice.
Also, women fear this cancer more than they should and have faith in a bad test, you now have to shut this thing down which is very hard. She told me there were concerns about testing women under 30 back in 1990 and still nothing has changed. She thought the test was a long shot but very high risk women might think it a good idea but even they were given too many pap smears and that increased the risk of a false positive.
I was told not to let doctors over-test me, just have them 5 yearly from mid 20′s or even 30 IF I were high risk. That doctor didn’t test, she said all the false positives and treatment put her off. She didn’t worry about rare cancers and was low risk anyway.
I have never tested either, I felt quite scared when I saw these young women coming into the hospital.
I work in the hospital pharmacy now and enjoy being away from that sad and pointless world. http://unnecessarypapsmears.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/over-10000-lost-comments-on-unnecessary-pap-smears-find-a-home/comment-page-5/#comment-106
• 839 – Anonymous
Jun 30, 2010 at 6:59 am
I worked in a colposcopy clinic and it’s a conveyor belt of young women having pieces of their cervix removed or treated. It is hard to follow when you know the cancer is not a big problem in the UK.
These women don’t have a clue, all relieved they have been saved.
I work elsewhere now, it started to disturb me. I felt like I was part of a plot to injure healthy women.
No, these things are not minor.
We say they are and we don’t even acknowledge the harm we are doing and the losers are healthy women or rather, were healthy women.
This test has become an industry which is highly profitable. The reluctance to give women a choice and to tell them the truth is to protect profits. Also, most women believe in this test and don’t look behind the “facts”.
There are few people in this field who care to inform women, everyone is self-interested. http://unnecessarypapsmears.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/over-10000-lost-comments-on-unnecessary-pap-smears-find-a-home/comment-page-9/#comment-176