America's Cervical Cancer Crisis

Why Low-income and Medically Underserved Women Are Bearing the Burden and How to Improve Access to Care.

Cervical Cancer Still Threatens American Women

Each year thousands of US women die needlessly from cervical cancer, a highly preventable disease. Most of the burden falls on medically underserved communities – including low-income, black, Hispanic, Native American, and incarcerated women who face barriers to access care.

This short report provides an overview of recent research into the state of cervical cancer among underserved women in America, information about toolkits made available in low-resource settings worldwide, and finishes with an overview into the technologies now available to enable healthcare providers to better extend the benefits of screenings to those with limited access to care.

Why Low-income and Medically Underserved Women Are Bearing the Burden and How to Improve Access to Care



Black women are dying of cervical cancer at a rate 41% higher than white women.


Hispanic women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer with rates 40% higher than white women.


How technology can help

access to care

Of all the health disparities that exist, a lack of screening for preventable cancers is
perhaps the most tragic. Breaking the barriers to cervical cancer screenings requires the
ongoing determination of healthcare organizations, non-profits, state and federal
governments. The high incidence and mortality rates demand impactful policy and
aggressive public outreach. It requires a comprehensive system-wide approach to
screening. Individual healthcare systems can further this advocacy by picking up the
mantle and employing innovative technologies that directly reach people in need,
matching the needs of underserved populations and closing the gaps in care caused by
healthcare disparities.

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