Cervical cancers disproportionately affect minority populations in the United States, according to a feature on MI Blues Perspectives.

According to the article, ethnic minority groups suffer at higher rates due to a number of causes, including less access to healthcare, lower incomes, lower levels of education, and a lack of trust in the medical community. Many clinical trials also suffer from low level minority population participation, resulting in treatment protocols and procedures that may be less effective on these groups.

“Cervical cancer is highly preventable, yet Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native women still have higher diagnosis rates than other racial or ethnic groups,” the report notes. “That’s due in part to low rates of preventive care, including pap smears and HPV vaccinations.”

Read more about how ethnic minority populations suffer from higher rates of cancer here.