Health Inequity in Cervical Cancer Control Among Refugee Women in the United States by Country of Origin

Health Equity. 2021 Mar 4;5(1):119-123. doi: 10.1089/heq.2020.0108. eCollection 2021.


Purpose: To describe cervical cancer control practices from common countries of origin for women who resettle in the United States as refugees to highlight this persistent health inequity. Methods: Describe presence/type of national cervical cancer screening program, screening coverage percentage, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program presence and coverage. Results: Nine of 15 included countries screen opportunistically. Most do not use high-performing tests, and estimates of screening coverage were limited. Only one country offers HPV vaccination. Conclusion: Countries of origin for refugee women may lack effective national cervical cancer control programs. To meet the World Health Organization (WHO)’s call to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030, focus on culturally tailored education, and continued research are paramount.

PMID:33778314 | PMC:PMC7990565 | DOI:10.1089/heq.2020.0108