Tuesday, November 22, 2011

cervical cancer

A sobering opinion piece by Amanda Robb in Al Jazeera, titled Waiting to die: Cervical cancer in America:

[...] every year 4,000 American women die from the disease, most of them in the South. For instance, a woman in Mississippi is nearly twice as likely to die from cervical cancer as an average American woman. 
The seemingly obvious answer is that Mississippi is the poorest state in the US, and therefore must have a lot of residents without health insurance. But when Mississippi is compared to a state like California, which has a similar rate of uninsured people, Mississippi's death rate from cervical cancer remains extraordinary: 75 per cent higher than that in California.

In 2012, legislation will be put forward, campaign speeches made, and issues debated, the result of which may very well impact free or low cost screening and examinations. Women need access to healthcare.

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