A new report released in Nov 2014 by the CDC shows that important disparities persist in cervical cancer screening, incidence, and mortality. For past five year screening rates, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women have the highest rates of individuals not screened across all races and ethnic groups (19.7%), not screened without health insurance (32.4%) and not screened with no regular provider (40.8%).
A more thorough understanding of the etiologic role of HPV in cervical cancer has provided the foundation for targeted approaches for prevention, including the HPV vaccination and HPV-based screening. However, regardless of the improvement in prevention methods, most cervical cancer occurs in women who have not had recent screening. By addressing financial and nonfinancial barriers, there is the opportunity to see progress by increasing screening and reducing incidence and death from this disease.
To read the report, please click here http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e1105a1.htm