North Carolina-- Women in North Carolina who have questions about Cervical Cancer have a new place to get that information.
A new online resource is now available to connect women and adolescents to life-saving cervical cancer-related services.
The NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory includes county-specific information on where uninsured or underinsured women can go to find screening, or Pap test, services.
The site also has information on HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination, answers to frequently asked questions and additional resources.
The directory, which is in English and Spanish, was developed by Cervical Cancer-Free NC, an initiative based at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The program is working to eliminate or substantially reduce cervical cancer in North Carolina.
Each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 die from the disease in the United States. In 2011, almost 400 women in North Carolina received cervical cancer diagnoses and more than 100 died. Health-care experts say a majority of these deaths could be avoided through regular cervical cancer screenings, commonly known as Pap tests, and timely HPV vaccination.
African-American and Latina women, who are less likely than others to be screened, are twice as likely as white women to die from cervical cancer. Research has shown that one reason for the disparity is that, in North Carolina, African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured.
Connecting women to cervical cancer resources in North Carolina is an important step in reducing unnecessary deaths, according to the Cervical Cancer-Free NC initiative and its collaborators.