Alabama women die of preventable cancer at a phenomenal rate, according to experts

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 07, 2018
07:36 A.M.
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Experts explained that black women in Alabama are dying from cervical cancer at the most astounding rates in the United States.


A new Human Rights Watch report shows that 3.9 per 100,000 women died of cervical cancer in the nation.

At a rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000, black Alabamians are about twice as likely as white women to die from cancer.

HPV vaccination ought to be the primary line of protection against cervical cancer. However, adolescents in the United States get the HPV vaccine at lower rates than other suggested vaccines.


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As indicated by Human Rights Watch, high death rates in cervical cancer are especially horrifying as the disease is exceedingly preventable.

Selma OB/GYN Dr. William M. Stevens said, "We should never, ever see cervical cancer. Not in the United States."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data said that in excess of 93 per cent of cervical cancers could be stopped by advanced screenings and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations.

A typical sexually transmitted contamination called HPV causes the larger part of cervical cancer cases.


The nonprofit group accuses the apparent decrease in provincial medicinal services suppliers, irregularity in insurance inclusion, poverty and structural racism for the inability to appropriately treat the infection.

Over 4,000 American women die from cervical cancer annually. Human Rights Watch senior researcher Amanda Klasing said that every passing speaks to a breakdown in the health care pipeline for a disease that is profoundly preventable and treatable.

"We looked at cervical cancer because in many ways it's the ultimate expression of marginalization in the health system," Klasing explained.

"Some of the things we saw in Alabama is how difficult it is for women living in rural Alabama to access health care, specialized care."


Klasing added, "People have to travel really long distances and those long distances come at an economic cost. We talked to women who had to make choices between traveling to Birmingham to receive health care or buying medications for other health issues."

According to Human Rights Watch, HPV vaccination ought to be the primary line of protection against cervical cancer. However, adolescents in the United States get the HPV vaccine at lower rates than other suggested vaccines.


"Doctors need to be able to communicate clearly to patients and parents why vaccination early on is important," Klasing said.

"It's not just about sexual activity. It's about preparing and protecting children early for what can happen later in life. Because of stigma around sexual activity, it makes doctors uncomfortable and it makes parents uncomfortable."


Klasing added, "There is a way to talk about vaccination that delinks it from the more stigmatized form. Alabama's lack of clear guidelines for evidence-based sexual education puts children at a disadvantage to protect and take care of themselves later in life."

In addition to expanded state support for community-based health and outreach programs, Human Rights Watch prescribes increased HPV vaccine awareness to help battle cervical cancer deaths.

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