It’s really in later-stage cervical cancer, where you can see things like abnormal vaginal bleeding and pain, in general or with intercourse.”
The biggest risk factor for developing cervical cancer — HPV infection — can be prevented with a vaccine.
“There is a vaccine out there that can be given as early as 9 years old and up to 45 years old. It is very important to know it’s not only for women, but actually also for men.”
Access to health care and establishing trust is essential to help reduce the cervical cancer mortality rate for Black women, Cardenas-Trowers said.
Her advice for all women is to establish care with a primary care provider, undergo the recommended screening, and get the HPV vaccine for yourself if you’re eligible and for your children.