Cervical and Prostate Cancer Screening Driven by Physician Preference

Incidence of cervical cancer is only .0073% (Stats Canada, 2008), but the incidence of prostate cancer is much higher.  According to Stats Canada (2008) incidence of prostate cancer is .01402% (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012001/article/11616/tbl/tbla-eng.htm ).

In other words, prostate cancer is 19.2 times more prevalent than cervical cancer.

Women are pressured to have pap tests to screen for cervical cancer at every opportunity.  Some physicians have their offices phone women to “invite” them in to be screened each year.  Many women have prescriptions withheld until first submitting to a pap test.  I have never heard of a male being pressured into a prostate exam, or having health care withheld until submitting to a prostate exam.

It appears cancer screening is driven by physician preference in this case.

About forwomenseyesonly

Hi. My name is Sue and I am interested in promoting holistic and respectful health care.
Gallery | This entry was posted in health, pap test, pelvic exam, women's health and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Cervical and Prostate Cancer Screening Driven by Physician Preference

  1. This was a good read, please allow me to add.
    .. Salmon is such an excellent food when trying to lose weight.
    It has so many nutritional benefits, and can help keep you going for a long period of time.
    If you are a little afraid of cooking fish, canned salmon is
    an excellent, affordable alternative, that will taste
    wonderful.

Speak your mind

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s