With so much pressure to have a pap test to screen for cervical cancer you would assume it was a very common type of cancer. Well, that assumption would be wrong. After much digging in search of the facts, I found the raw data that outlines a simple truth:
Cervical cancer is a rare cancer. Here is what Stats Canada (2008) has to say about it – but be careful about the math – incidence of cervical cancer is given by two and five year incident rates per 100,000 women: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012001/article/11616/tbl/tbla-eng.htm
I am not a mathematician but my calculations to convert into a percentage for incidence of cervical cancer works out to an incident rate of .0073%.
What is going on?