The Australian government is taking a cue from a new study which shows little benefits in pap smears in women under the age of 25 and have, therefore, decided to stop cervical screening in younger women.
Little Benefit to Pap Smears for Women Under 25
Even though there has been a huge decline in cervical cancer among women over the age of 25 since the Pap smear program began in 1991, there has been little change in the younger group where the disease is rare to begin with, so the tests don’t seem necessary. But, the government is also offering the HPV vaccine and honestly believe that the incidences will likely disappear altogether. What they aren’t ready for is how many people may actually develop the disease thanks to the vaccine.
From the article:
“Some researchers have raised concerns about the increased age at which women will start having Pap smears, with claims that there was an increase in cervical cancer among 25 to 29-year-olds when the age of commencement rose from 21 to 25 in England.
But the Cancer Council NSW research, published in The Medical Journal of Australia on Monday, said this would be less likely in Australia as a result of the HPV vaccination program.
“Women under 25 years of age in 2017 will have been offered HPV vaccination at school before they were 15 years old, and the three-dose vaccine uptake rate in these women exceeds 70 per cent.”
Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papilloma virus [HPV].
Thankfully we still have rights in this country as they pertain to vaccinations. Before you take your children in for this particular one, please do as much research as you can.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald