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BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 30, 2011 7:20 AM

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Pap smears don't prevent cancer

Since when do Pap smears prevent cervical (or any) cancer?

I thought it was a diagnostic tool to detect evidence of cancer or precancerous cells so one could get early treatment — yet The Daily Iowan told me Tuesday, "only one method is statistically proven to prevent the disease … Pap smears."

Perhaps you meant to say Pap smears reduce death from cervical cancer. But that's not what you said. If it is what you meant, I'd like to see those stats.

Janel Roling
UI faculty


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