Out of every 100,000 women who have a pap test, 5,000 will be falsely diagnosed with cervical cancer. That’s a lot of women who will be told they have cervical cancer when in fact they do not. These women will be scared into believing they are cancer victims, and will undergo further tests and ‘treatments’ for a disease they do not have.
Additional findings suggest this number is a conservative estimate, which only captures part of the bigger picture.
For example, Angela Raffle estimates that 6,800 women out of every 100,000 are referred for abnormalities following a pap test. Andrew Rouse estimates the number as being even higher, and feels women should be told about the “inaccuracy of the Pap test and the disadvantages of being tested” before they undergo screening.
Some women might feel the potential of pap tests to ‘save lives’ is worth the risk of misdiagnosis, but new research indicates screening in general–including pap testing–does not reduce the risk of dying. That’s right: pap testing does not ‘save lives’, according to the newest research, which has found that all-cause mortality remains unchanged regardless of whether or not women screen for cervical cancer.
Women who have pap tests have a fairly good chance of being told they have cervical cancer when they don’t, and the scare of hearing their ‘diagnosis’ is often just the start of the resulting trauma. These women then may experience fear, abuse, unnecessary testing, and may have parts of their cervix removed and/or radiation and/or chemo – for absolutely no reason. In the face of research that indicates screening does nothing to alter a persons’ risk of dying, these risks are exposed as nothing but unnecessary.