New Study Finds Black Women Are Disproportionately Killed by Cervical Cancer

According to a new study, Black women are disproportionately killed by cervical cancer.

The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI) and Human Rights Watch said in a January 20 report that in 2021, approximately 4,290 women in the United States died from cervical cancer. Black women were one and a half times more likely than white women to die from cervical cancer.

Olivia Coley, a community-based researcher and human rights commissioner for SRBWI, said in a statement, “Our interviews revealed the extent to which Black women have experienced the worst kind of neglect and abuse at the hands of some physicians who are less compassionate and fail to treat all patients equitably. Discrimination within the medical system has resulted in internalized trauma and decades of generational mistrust and fear.”

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