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Early Sex Linked to Cervical Cancer

December 22, 2009 | NeW Staff

BBC News reported on a new study which found that having sex at an early age can double a woman’s chances for developing cervical cancer for women living in the U.K.  The study also noted poorer women face a greater risk, as these women tend to engage in sex four years earlier than more affluent women. 

Feministing picked up on this article and got it wrong.  According to the radical feminist blog,

“The thing they don’t mention in this article as they bash poor women
for giving up the goods too soon is: some parts of U.K. don’t offer
cervical cancer screenings until age 25…[but] experts in the U.K. have some good reasons for not reducing the cervical cancer screening age for the entire population.”


What are these good reasons?  None, actually. 

The real reason (not a good one) is that the U.K. has socialized medicine.  The government, not the individual patient and her doctor, decides when/where/what type of treatment to prescribe and receive.  Therefore, the U.K. government must ration care.  Setting an arbitrary age minimum is the only way the U.K. government can afford to support their entire population.  As a result, poorer women who are sexually active at a younger age double their risk of developing cervical cancer.

This has not yet become an issue for women in the United States but is another example of how socialized medicine is a bad idea.  While the current U.S. health care system is in need of improvement, the proposed legislation is a step backwards and takes the industry in the wrong direction.  Get ready, this (lack of) care is what women in America can expect from the health care bill. 

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