“Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer deaths in women and for black women, the threat of cervical cancer is even more prominent. black women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer compared to white women with death rates being 41% higher among black women. structural barriers, both within and beyond the healthcare system, have contributed to inequities in health access, thus preventing early diagnosis and treatment.
black women face a lot of legitimate apprehension when it comes to seeking out help from the healthcare system, but cervical cancer screenings help significantly to detect precancers and cell changes on the cervix at an early stage. if you are a woman over the age of 21, i highly encourage you to get a pap smear on a regular basis. it is essential that we continue to raise awareness about the pap test and how critical it is to be available for women in their twenties.”