Women in Government Cervical Cancer Report

I found this report whilst researching actual number of cervical cancer cases reported in the US. My thought process was pretty straight-forward. We, as a country, are about to transfer Billions of dollars from public (Medicaid) and private (health insurance) hands to BIG PHARMA. Shouldn’t we ask the forbidden question at least once? Is it possible to develop a ‘simple metric’…like PROFIT PER FATALITY? In a time of diminishing public health resources and increased public health need, should we not look at allocation of health dollars using a needs / benefit ratio. Access to a simple PAP test and aggressive remediation if cancer cells are found, makes more sense than mass immunization. The cervical cancer numbers have been falling steadily with increased access to PAP testing. Cervical cancer responds quickly to treatment. So why are we exposing our girls and women to a potential dangerous and sometimes fatal array of side effects? Why are we mandating the HPV vaccination, Garasil®?

…Probably big words like PROFIT, LOBBYING, POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY, CALLOUS DISREGARD…

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Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.