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Health Alert: FDA Says Pap Smear Tests Aren't As Accurate
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 16, 2014 @ 11:41PM
Created on March 16, 2014 @ 4:22PM

For the past 60 years, the pap test has been the golden way to test for cervical cancer, but according to the FDA, a new report shows it may be losing its steam on just how accurate the test really is.

Every year, 12,000 women are diagnosed with the disease, which experts say is a sad statistic, because when caught early enough, it's usually preventable.

Experts from the FDA now say the best way to detect cervical cancer is by taking the actual HPV test.

One person said she finds the pap test really useful.

"I've been happy with the pap smear. I think we've done as far as we can go with technology, People have gotten abnormal pap smears, and go back and get further testing done," said Jackie Estok, a Bridgeport resident.

Others say they're happy with the FDA's discovery, because they know people that have died from cervical cancer.

"I don't like the fact that they're saying we only have to have them every two years, because a good friend of mine went and had her's, and died from cervical cancer two years later," said Kelly Stier, a Nutter Fort resident.

Experts say the HPV tests have a 70% success rate of detecting cervical cancer.

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Mar 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM
February of last year; had pap test. Came back NORMAL! Dr. said "see you in 3 years!" Was diagnosed with 3rd stage cervical cancer a month later. Nope; Dr. can't "explain that!" So, NO; I put very little faith in these tests. Of course, it could have been the mistake of the dr. Perhaps she didn't do a good job with test; perhaps the lab made a mistake. Who knows? Either way, it did NOT make me feel good about a pap test being called NORMAL meaning you're cleared of any cervical cancer! I've told every woman I know about this. NEVER wait 3 years. Had I NOT had another symptom that happened because of the pap test, I would NEVER have known I had it and WOULD have died for sure! And Obamacare Rules saying we don't need one but every 3 years is absolutely KILLING WOMEN and young girls! Obamacare is NOT care in any way, shape or form!
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