From ABC Health and Wellbeing, 26 February 2015:
Mention the word ‘Pap smear’, and most women will reflexly cross their legs and shudder.
It’s become something of a modern rite of passage for young women; receiving your invitation to join the cervical cancer screening program, and submitting yourself to the dubious pleasure of being prised open like a recalcitrant car door and probed with a glorified toothbrush.
Despite the brief discomfort of his procedure, Dr Georgios Papanikolaou’s nearly one hundred-year legacy can be measured in millions of female lives saved from cervical cancer.
But the era of the Pap smear is drawing to a close, and from 2017 there will be a new testing regime. Read more.