One might reasonably assume that frequent pap tests would result in lower incidence of cervical cancer, but a closer look reveals that this is not the case. After comparing pap test practices from a number of countries and looking at the associated incidence of cervical cancer, it becomes clear that more frequent and extensive pap testing does not necessarily correlate with fewer cases of cervical cancer. In fact, the opposite appears to be the case. Comparing countries that include the Netherlands, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel helps to highlight how more is not always better:
Comparing the seven countries, Canada has the most frequent and extensive pap testing program but the highest cervical cancer incidence rate and second highest death rate. The US has similar pap test practices yet has the second highest incidence rate (next to Canada). Saudi Arabia has no cervical cancer screening program, yet has the lowest incidence rate and the lowest death rate. From looking at the numbers and comparing them to the practices in different countries one can’t help but wonder, what is wrong with this picture?