Why there are plans to part ways with Pap smears

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.

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