"The Odyssey of Dr. Pap" How an American Cancer Society Film Helped Convince American Women to Undergo Regular Cervical Screening
R. Marshall Austin, MD, PhD
Presentation Date: May 13, 2016; Expires May 31, 2019
Better understand the history of how Pap testing was introduced in the US
Understand the key role of the American Cancer Society in promoting screening
Recall having seen original historical promotional ACS film on this subject
Better understand how organizations continue to influence evolution of screening
The Odyssey of Dr. Pap is a 1960s promotional film produced by the American Cancer Society. The film traces the career of George Papanicolaou from his early days in Greece to his emergence as an outstanding scientist with his discovery of cancer cells in the vaginal discharges of women and emphasizes the importance of an annual Pap Test for women. The film is narrated by the well-known actor, E. G. Marshall. According to the official history of the American Cancer Society, the film was a key instrument in convincing women nationwide to present themselves for periodic screening.