Originally Posted by muppy89
Is there any particular reason that no onr under 25 can be tested with a smear test for cervical cancer?
That's only in the UK, where they have universal health care.
Since health care is free to all citizens there through NHS (paid for by taxes), I think sometimes corners get cut, in order to keep this affordable.
In one way, it's better than our system here in the US: in the UK, everyone
gets comprehensive health care, rich or poor.
But like I said, in order to provide this to all citizens without bankrupting the country, they have to keep costs down any way they can.
One way is not to offer PAPs to women under 25.
I was treated (successfully, thank God) for HPV-related CIN at age 16.
Not at all an uncommon scenario, here in the US.
Jade Goody, the British reality TV star, dead of cervical cancer at age 27 (and leaving two young children behind), should be a wake-up call to the British government.
True, women don't usually die of cervical cancer before age 25.
But they frequently get HPV and CIN before that age, and if left untreated, it can worsen to the point that it can endanger their health or even their lives, long before they reach 25.
Wake up, NHS (but by the way, I still think the British health care system is better than ours; I went without health care for almost 15 years because I couldn't afford insurance, and my husband's been without insurance and health care for his entire adult life).