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.

In the 9-pages report you will find:
  • 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
  • A discussion about 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 Undeserved 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 provide 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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