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Decline in Pap Smear Tests & New Mobile Phone App Smear Test

Decline in Pap Smear Tests &  New Mobile Phone App Smear Test
February 08
22:33 2019

Undoubtedly, there is no more embarrassing and humiliating medical checkup or test than a Pap smear test, where a women is forced to strip from the waist down, lay on an ice-cold table, place her feet in ice-cold stirrups and then have a doctor, unusually a male doctor, look at her most private of privates before placing an ice-cold speculum inside and then forcibly widening the opening to allow him (or her) to gaze inside and then painfully scrape or swab in the inner linings of the uterus and cervix.

Did you know that the real name of the test is actually the Papanicolaou Smear Test?

In the 1940s, cervical cancer was the greatest killer of women. That led Doctors Aurel Babes and Georgios Papanikolaou to develop a test that could be used to detect the presence of cancer cells in the uterus and cervix that would allow earlier treatment. Their test names after Dr. Papanikolaou and like many things, the name of the test was unofficially shortened to just a Pap test.

In the days of Dr. Papanikolaou, the vast majority of doctors were men, which made many women extremely uncomfortable, embarrassed and humiliated to undergo a Pap smear test, but they were pressured with the fear of dying of cancer to reluctantly submit.

As more women did submit to the Pap smear test, the mortality rate from cervical cancer decreased, which is a very good thing.

However, due to the invasive and embarrassing nature of a Pap smear test and even though there are more female doctors these days, the number of women undergoing their routine tests is declining and many in the medical profession find this alarming.

In the United Kingdom, it was revealed only 65% of females under the age of 35 had shown up for their latest screening. Additionally, 72% of women of all age groups say that they have delayed or just never went for their Pap smear test.

Oh yeah, in an effort to make the Pap smear test less frightening, embarrassing and such, many in the medical community are now referring to it as just a smear test. Same test, just new name, in hopes more women will show up.

So, is there an alternative to the physical pelvic exam and the invasion of a woman’s privacy?

According to one source, there is, but I’m not sure it is any less embarrassing:

“Israeli start-up MobileODT says it can detect cervical cancer more accurately and inexpensively than the standard colposcopy method used today, by creating a mobile digital colposcope made up of a smartphone equipped with a light source, a lens for magnification and an artificial intelligence algorithm.”

“A colposcopy is a procedure that uses a colpo[s]cope that provides doctors with an illuminated and magnified view of a woman’s cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva, to screen for cervical cancer…”

“With its Eva System, which uses an Automated Visual Evaluation (AVE) algorithm, MobileODT says it can detect cervical cancer simply by examining an image of the cervix.”

‘According to the company, the AVE algorithm has proved to be more reliable than a human expert conducting a colposcopy in identifying abnormal tissue that points to a possible future development of cervical cancer.”

“After developing the initial algorithm in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, MobileODT created a portable, wireless and internet-connected colposcope called Eva Colpo that can be used in any clinic and medical practice, allowing women living in poorer areas to benefit from precise screening tests.”

Basically, a woman still has to submit her private area to the scrutiny of a doctor. The only difference is that instead of the sometimes (and often) painful scraping of the uterus and cervix, the doctor uses the ap to take a special photo of the uterus and cervix that is then sent to the company that analyzes the image to detect the presence of cancer or pre-cancer cells.

Therefore, there is no alternative to humiliation and embarrassment that come with a pelvic exam.


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