African-American Women and Cervical Cancer

August 31, 2021


Cervical cancer is a preventable cancer caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). According to Rachel D. Adams, M.D., a board certified OB-GYN with Metropolitan OB-GYN, Mercy’s Family Childbirth and Children’s Center, black women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer than women of other races or ethnicities.

"There's concerns about access to care and there's concerns about finding our cancer at a much later stage," Dr. Adams said.

Signs for all women to look out for are bleeding after intercourse, in between cycles or during menopause. Bleeding doesn't necessarily mean you have cervical cancer, but it's a good reason to consult your doctor.

To view Mercy ob/gyn Dr. Rachel Adams’ interview regarding African-American women and cervical cancer, click here.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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