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Human Exploitation Symposium

Pornography Statistics

Pornography is sexually explicit material designed to cause arousal. It is produced in several forms (pictures, videos, written stories, and internet sites. Pornography exploits women by objectifying them and distorting their image of their God-given sexuality. Pornography exploits men by trapping them in addiction and distorting their image of their God-given sexuality.

 40 million US adults regularly visit porn sites.

 Gender breakdown: 72% males, 28% females.

 Every day there are 68 million search engine requests for sexually related material (25% of all requests).

 42.7% of all internet users view pornography.

 In 2002, sex related sites became the No. 1 economic sector of the internet.

 In 2006, there were 4.2 million pornography websites, 12% of total.

 In 2006, $4.9 billion was spent on internet pornography.

 47% of Christians state that pornography is a major problem in the home.

 9.4 million women access internet pornography each month.

 80% of 15-17 year olds have had multiple hardcore pornography exposures.

 90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed pornography online (mostly while doing homework).

 Five lies that pornography teaches men about women.

 Women are less than human.

 Women are “sport.”

 Women are property.

 A woman’s value depends upon the attractiveness of her body.

 Women like rape.

Source: Focus on the Family website (Gene McConnell and Kevin Campbell).

 Pornography usage progresses to sexual addiction in the following order:

 Early exposure.

 Addiction.

 Escalation (tolerance and withdrawal).

 Desensitization.

 Acting out sexually.

 Studies indicate that between 6-10 percent of the US population is sexually addicted.

Statistics compiled by:

Thomas Barbian, Ph.D., MFCT

Executive Director

The Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church

Columbia, SC

Cancer Screening Tests

Source: The National Cancer Institute

Many cancer screening tests are in use. Some tests have been shown both to find cancer early and to lower the chance of dying from the disease. Others have been shown to find cancer early but have not been shown to reduce the risk of dying from cancer; however, they may still be offered to people, especially those who are known to be at increased risk of cancer.

Screening Tests That Have Been Shown to Reduce Cancer Deaths

  • Colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and high-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs)

These tests have all been shown to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy also help prevent colorectal cancer because they can detect abnormal colon growths (polyps) that can be removed before they develop into cancer. Expert groups generally recommend that people who are at average risk for colorectal cancer have screening at ages 50 through 75.

  • Low-dose helical computed tomography

This test to screen for lung cancer has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths among heavy smokers ages 55 to 74.

  • Mammography

This method to screen for breast cancer has been shown to reduce mortality from the disease among women ages 40 to 74, especially those age 50 or older.

  • Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing

These tests reduce the incidence of cervical cancer because they allow abnormal cells to be identified and treated before they become cancer. They also reduce deaths from cervical cancer. Testing is generally recommended to begin at age 21 and to end at age 65, as long as recent results have been normal.

Other Screening Tests

  • Alpha-fetoprotein blood test

This test is sometimes used, along with ultrasound of the liver, to try to detect liver cancer early in people at high risk of the disease.

  • Breast MRI

This imaging test is often used for women who carry a harmful mutation in the BRCA1gene or the BRCA2 gene; such women have a high risk of breast cancer, as well as increased risk for other cancers.

  • CA-125 test

This blood test, which is often done together with a transvaginal ultrasound, may be used to try to detect ovarian cancer early, especially in women with an increased risk of the disease. Although this test can help in diagnosing ovarian cancer in women who have symptoms and can be used to evaluate the recurrence of cancer in women previously diagnosed with the disease, it has not been shown to be an effective ovarian cancer screening test.

  • Clinical breast exams and regular breast self-exams

Routine examination of the breasts by health care providers or by women themselves has not been shown to reduce deaths from breast cancer. However, if a woman or her health care provider notices a lump or other unusual change in the breast, it is important to get it checked out.

  • PSA test

This blood test, which is often done along with a digital rectal exam, is able to detect prostate cancer at an early stage. However, expert groups no longer recommend routine PSA testing for most men because studies have shown that it has little or no effect on prostate cancer deaths and leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

  • Skin exams

Doctors often recommend that people who are at risk for skin cancer examine their skin regularly or have a health care provider do so. Such exams have not been shown to decrease the risk of dying from skin cancer, and they may lead to overtreatment. However, people should be aware of changes in their skin, such as a new mole or a change to an existing mole, and report these to their doctor promptly.

  • Transvaginal ultrasound

This imaging test, which can create pictures of a woman’s ovaries and uterus, is sometimes used in women who are at increased risk of ovarian cancer (because they carry a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation) or of endometrial cancer (because they have a condition called Lynch syndrome). But it has not been shown to reduce deaths from either cancer.

  • Virtual colonoscopy

This test allows the colon and rectum to be examined from outside the body. However, it has not been shown to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer.

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