PRRR Partners Comment on Racial Disparity in U.S. Cervical Cancer Survival Rates

Posted by On January 23, 2017

The New York Times reported today on a new study that found higher U.S. cervical cancer death rates than previously estimated, particularly among black women.

Several of the experts quoted in the article represent organizations that partner with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to address cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America. The article featured quotes from experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center, which supports Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon with training and education of health care professionals in Africa, and the American Cancer Society, which helps Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon raise awareness of cervical cancer and advocate for funds and policies to address it.

The American Cancer Society is also a co-sponsor of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s “Hostels for Hope” design competition to provide housing for Tanzanian women undergoing cancer treatment far from home (winners of the competition will be announced on World Cancer Day, February 4).

The study’s lead author, Anne F. Rositch, is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who collaborates frequently with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, and developed our model to estimate the number of lives saved by our interventions.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the study findings are a reminder of the clear, ongoing need to ensure all women can access cervical cancer prevention and treatment options in the United States and around the world.

By Jennie Aylward, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Consultant