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Voices about cervical cancer

Jacqueline Walters, MD

“African American women are two times more likely to die from cervical cancer.

We are affected more than any other racial or ethnic group,” says OBGYN physician Jacqueline Walters, MD.

“Early detection is your best protection. So you need to start with a well-woman exam. Go in for an annual visit with your doctor. This visit is two parts. It’s discussion and physical exam.

So make sure you’re asking for your cervical cancer screening that is appropriate for your age. For example, if you’re over the age of 30, you want co-testing. This is Pap test plus HPV.”

A 3-minute video from WMAR-2 News, a Baltimore television station.

 

Ciara

“The cool thing is you can prevent cervical cancer. How amazing is that?” asks singer and businesswoman Ciara. 

“Screen for things llike cervical cancer with Pap and HVP testing. Black women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer than other women.”

“Go out there and make an appointment. Put yourself first, you have to. Putting yourself first is everything. Then you can take off and be your best self in every way possible.”

Ciara has teamed up with Project Health Equality and the Black Women’s Health Imperative for their “Cerving Confidence” campaign to raise awareness of cervical cancer in Black women.

A 2-minute video from MultiVu.

Jessica Shepherd, MD

“The best way to prevent cervical cancer is screening. So when you go to your doctor, you want to make sure that’s an annual relationship, you’re going to your doctor every year,” says OBGYN physician Jessica Stewart.

“At the age of 21 is when you want to start doing your Pap screening. And between the ages of 30 to 65 is making sure that you’re getting your Pap and HPV together. Because the HPV test is able to detect most cervical cancers. And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

The tests are covered by the Affordable Care Act. There should be no copay, no deductible.”

A 2-minute video from television station News4JAX in Jacksonville, Florida. The video also includes a conversation with sports reporter and cervical cancer survivor Erin Andrews. 

"We should not lose another soul to cervical cancer."

“African American women have the highest mortality rate for cervical cancer because we are not getting screened, we are not going to the doctors, we are not taking our health into our own hands,” say Latasha Bostick and Darlene Cook, cervical cancer survivors.

“They don’t have a vaccine for breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer. They have a vaccine for us! We should not lose another soul to cervical cancer. Come on now y’all, It’s the new millennium! What are you waiting for? This cancer is preventable.”

A 1-minute video from CervivorTV.

"It's not just about you. It's about your loved ones, too."

Chilean-American actress and singer Cote de Pablo was too busy with her career and life to get a regular Pap test. When she finally got around to it, “things didn’t look too good. We thought I might have cervical cancer.” But after lots of worries, no cancer.

“I’ve always been very close to my mother. When we finally got the results, she broke down. And that’s when I realized it’s not just about me. It’s about your loved ones, too.

So, women get a Pap test to check for cervical cancer. Please pay attention to your health for you and the people who care about you.”

A 1-minute video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An average of 11 women die of cervical cancer each day in the United States. Half of them are in their 50s or younger.

Source: Cancer statistics, 2022. American Cancer Society. 

"There are glaring racial disparities in cervical cancer deaths in the U.S."

“Although almost no one should die from cervical cancer, some groups—those that are historically marginalized and neglected in the US, including women of color, women living in poverty, and those without health insurance—die more often than others.

There are glaring racial disparities in cervical cancer deaths in the US and Black women die of the disease at a disproportionately high rate. Black women have a higher risk of late-stage diagnosis, and they are more likely to die from the disease than any other racial or ethnic group in the country.

In the state of Georgia, Black women are almost one and a half times as likely to die of cervical cancer as white women and these disparities increase at alarming rates as they age. Black Georgian women are more likely to have never been screened for cervical cancer, are diagnosed at a later stage, and have lower five-year survival rates.”

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