Black Women in S.C. More Affected By Cervical Cancer

According to South Carolina's "Greeneville Online" AA women in the Southern State are 37 percent more likely to get cervical cancer than white women. Black women are also more likely to die from the the disease.
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 12, 2009


According to South Carolina’s “Greeneville Online” African American women in the Southern State have a 37 percent higher chance of having cervical cancer than white women and are more likely to die from the disease. SC ranks 14th among the US in cervical cancer deaths and displays major gaps in health.

“Women of color, women living in rural areas and women living in poverty continue to develop cervical cancer and die at much higher rates,” USC researcher and director of the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, Dr. Saundra Golver, told “Greenville”.

According to Glover’s research, Black women who live in rural areas are not getting the cervical screenings that they need for early detection and treatment of the cancer. This could be due to lack of insurance, access and information. “Women in the study who didn’t get a Pap test were more likely to be 65 or older, unmarried and have less than a high school education. And nearly a quarter of them lacked insurance,” the article read.