The argument has never been to test or not to test. The question is whether to co-test. With these two extraordinary studies, any doubts have been put to rest.
Studies Show Little Benefit from Too-Frequent Pap Tests: Women Should Discuss New Guidelines with Their Physicians
While annual Pap test screenings in the past 30 years have reduced the cervical cancer rate by 50 percent, it isn't the only way to detect cervical cancer. As it turns out, we only need to have one every three years.
Not only were women subject to discriminatory rates, but none of the preventive services women typically need were required. That is no longer the case. But a glaring hole remains -- the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid to cover 6.4 million of the working poor.
America, how does it feel to wake up and learn that you can't have healthcare tests that you think you or your loved one needs?
I recently spoke with a Media Relations person at Merck regarding the efficacy and side effects of Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine. Here's what she had to say.