Understanding Cervical Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • How Common Is Cervical Cancer?
  • Black Women and Cervical Cancer
  • HPV Vaccine and the Racial Divide
  • Preventing Cervical Cancer
  • Remember: Cervical Cancer Shows No Signs
  • Condoms Don’t Always Prevent HPV
  • January Is National Cervical Health Month
  • What Is Cervical Cancer?
  • Types of Cervical Cancer
  • What Causes It?

HPV Vaccine and the Racial Divide

While the HPV vaccine has been proven safe and effective in reducing HPV and cancer rates among girls and boys, young Black women and girls are 35 percent less likely to get the shot. Its hefty price ($350 for the series of three shots), mistrust of doctors and cultural issues around teen sexuality play into this disparity. 

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