Latinas and Cervical Cancer in Texas: A Public Health Crisis

Nationwide, Latinas disproportionately suffer from cervical cancer, a disease that is preventable in most cases. Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer among all racial and ethnic groups and the second highest mortality rate. Yet, rates of cervical cancer incidence and death are higher for Latinas in Texas, and Latinas experience wider health disparities. This fact sheet explores the impact of cervical cancer among Latinas in Texas, with particular attention to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and discusses the barriers to cervical cancer prevention that Latinas face. This fact sheet puts forth policy recommendations that, if enacted and implemented, may expand access to quality and affordable cervical cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Latinas.

(January 2013)