Interview with Dr. Brawley wrote:
In your book, you say that instead of having a healthcare “system,” we Americans live in a fragmented universe where famine and gluttony exist side by side. What do you mean? Cervical cancer is a good example of famine and gluttony. Ten years ago, most organizations that issue screening guidelines started saying that women who had two or three normal Pap smears in a row, and who were in a stable relationship, could go to every three years for Pap smears. And many doctors and many middle-class and upper-class women were outraged. They wanted their annual test. Every year about 4,290 women die from cervical cancer. The majority of them have never had a Pap smear, ever. And of those who have, the overwhelming majority had not had one within ten years of their diagnosis. The women who died never got the services they needed. Then you’ve got all the folks who are upset because we say they should be tested every three years instead of every year.