By Samantha Leal | 01/08/2013 - 14:35
Did you know Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the U.S.? Scary, right? What’s scarier: cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable. Here’s what you need to know about cervical cancer, in honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month.
Pap Smears Are Priority
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/19/2011 - 14:35
Genital HPV (short for human papilloma viruses) are a group of more than 100 strains of the most common sexually transmitted infection that occur in the genital, oral and anal regions. Although it usually disappears on its own, infection from two high-risk strains of the virus causes 70 percent of all cervical cancer. Each year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and Latinas are twice as likely to develop the disease in comparison to non-Hispanic white women.
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/22/2009 - 17:00
According to the American Cancer Society, Latinas in the U.S. are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer in comparison to non-Hispanic white women. We are also less likely to get regular checkups, making the death rate among us 50% higher than white women’s. And a new survey from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation showed that while 89% of women don’t feel they’re at risk, 80% will get HPV in their lifetime. These are scary stats for the second most common cancer among women worldwide.