“FACT: Pap [tests] can detect cervical cancer cells, and should be done every 3-5 years (depending on age). FACT: Not all women receive adequate access to life-saving wellness screenings, like Pap smears. FACT: Black women are more likely to die from cervical cancer than women of other races. Due to systemic racial and economic inequity, there are many barriers in place that prevent women of color from receiving adequate health insurance coverage, and life-saving health care screenings like Pap smears. All women deserve the right to regular preventative health care screenings and necessary follow-up care, regardless of color. Regardless of income. Regardless of anything. Period.”
Just the Pap Facts, Ma’am
Tashara, a social worker from Seattle, is delivering “just the facts” on the Pap test, including the truth that Black women are much more likely to experience cervical cancer, but are regularly less likely to have access to screenings – something that really needs to change.