mamaintheboonies~ This whole thread is just ridiculous.
For starters, the major cause for cervical cancer is HPV....a sexually transmitted disease. It is not hereditary. It doesn't matter if your mom or sisters or grandmother never had it...you still can. I believe its something like 1 in 4 that are carriers for HPV...this is a big deal. If you have had 4 sexual partners then you have a pretty high risk of contracting HPV...thus you have a high risk of getting cervical cancer. If 10 minutes with your legs in the stirrups will save your life then I think its pretty important.
We as women are pretty important. We are normally the primary caretakers of our children. Its important for us to stay healthy.
I don't think that there is anything "empowering" about spreading misinformation about women's bodies, burying your head in the sand, and turning your nose up to routine medical exams. Frankly, its a slap in the face to the thousands of women who have been saved by an early diagnosis....do you really think that they would be better off had they never known????
Maybe you can start posting some links where you are finding this information so we can try to take you seriously.