A new study that was released today in Cancer shows that women are dying in greater numbers from cervical cancer than previously thought. The study compiled data already gathered but removed women from the study who had had hysterectomies. When that was the done, not only did the rate of all women dying from cervical cancer go up, the amount of Black women dying from the disease grew at a disproportionate rate.
Cervical cancer is an easily detectable cancer and is slow growing. Screening for is it done by having a pap smear. Currently the test is covered by health insurance at no additional cost. Many clinics such as Planned Parenthood, provide these screenings for women who don’t have access to healthcare otherwise.
According to the New York Times,
Although the study did not explore reasons for the racial disparity, some doctors said it could reflect unequal access to screening, ability to pursue early-warning test results, and insurance coverage.
The Republican’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood, will put more women’s lives at risk.