From 2017 testing for the presence of human papilloma virus (HPV) will replace Pap smear testing and the age at which women are advised to start screening will be raised to 25. At present women over the age of 18 are advised to get a pap smear every two years to screen for cervical cancer.
So what will these changes mean? Does it matter if the new test for cervical cancer is HPV testing and the routine pap smear test disappears?
Well, it all depends on whether the health authorities have got it right on the causation of cervical cancer: That virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by specific types of human papillomavirus (HPV). And that’s a big call for there is no evidence of a causal link between HPV and cervical cancer. There may be an association, but the causal link has not been established. Also HPV is a very common virus, so much so that most of us have it at some time during our lives, but it usually clears the body in 8-14 months and does not go on to develop cancerous lesions leading to cancer.
If from 2017 the HPV test supersedes the pap smear then surely there’s a real danger of many more diagnoses of HPV infection most of which if left alone would resolve themselves. And then there’s the likelihood that these diagnoses will warrant further investigation and treatment. That’s just the way the system works- regrettably.
Under these new guidelines women whose tests show HPV 16 or 18, the highest-risk types, would then get a more thorough test called a colposcopy and those whose tests don’t show HPV 16 or 18 but do show one of the other high-risk HPV types would have a Pap test. A colposcopy is an invasive test where a special magnifying device is used to examine the vulva, vagina and cervix and cells are collected for further examination. This may be unnecessary medical treatment because there is no evidence that HPV causes cervical cancer. Most women with HPV don’t get cervical cancer, and some women get cervical cancer without having HPV infection. The US National Cancer Institute says that direct causation has not been proven: ‘In a controlled study of age-matched women, 67 per cent of those with cervical cancer and 43 per cent of those without were found to be HPV-positive. These cancers are observed, on average, only 20 “50 years after infection.’
But what happens to women who test negative for HPV and yet have undiagnosed cervical lesions?Without the provision of the routine pap smear where cells are collected and tested there is the chance that many early cases of cervical cancer will be missed. For little attention has been paid to other possible causes of cervical cancer such as smoking, and dietary factors like low levels of Vitamin A and folate. HPV was only proposed as the cause of cervical cancer in the 1980s and even then not all scientists agreed with many questions being raised about the increasingly entrenched theory. Peter Duesberg and Jody Schwartz, molecular biologists at the University of California at Berkeley were concerned that there was a lack of consistent HPV DNA sequences and consistent HPV gene expression in tumors that were HPV positive. Duesberg and Schwartz pointed to the possibility that ‘carcinogens may be primary inducers of abnormal cell proliferation rather than HPV. And here’s the key point: ‘Since proliferating cells (cancer cells dividing wildly) would be more susceptible to infection than resting cells, the viruses would just be indicators rather than causes of abnormal proliferation.’
The truth remains hidden from most of the public for it’s impossible to get the mainstream media to shine a light on the truth about the profitable cervical cancer industry and its useless vaccines which have resulted in well over 40,000 adverse effects and the deaths of 230 young girls.