Georgia's Online Cancer Information Center

In rural Georgia, cervical cancer is still disproportionately killing Black women

1/21/2022, WABE

A report by Human Rights Watch and Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative calls for lifting barriers to basic gynecological care and for Medicaid expansion in Georgia.

More than 9 out of 10 cases of cervical cancer are preventable, according to Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s because there’s a highly effective vaccine for both girls and boys that stops HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. Even beyond prevention, treatment is highly effective if caught early.

But as you venture away from Georgia’s core urban areas, the incidence of cervical cancer grows. For Black women, especially in Georgia’s rural counties, that cancer claims lives disproportionately.

Annerieke Daniel is a researcher in the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, and Baker County community researcher Dr. Kay Eady is with the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative. The organizations just co-published a study, from their research of 148 women of color from rural Georgia. 

See more: Black Women are dying from Cervical Cancer at Disproportional Rates in Georgia | Human Rights Watch (

Both researchers sat down with WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress to discuss some alarming findings. Listen to the story at the link below.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.

View More

Media, News & Events

Nominations for the Matt Mumber and Phillip Street Awards now open!

Read on to find out if you know someone eligible for either of these awards. Nominations are due by Oct. 21.


Georgia CORE awards Collaborative Cancer Research Seed Grant

Just in time for Cancer Research Month, Georgia CORE has awarded a Collaborative Cancer Research Seed Grant for $100,000 from the Georgia Cancer Research Fund.


Research Trials Saves Lives

Lynn Durham shares her cancer journey on the podcast, Kickin' it Forward.


Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Our email newsletter allows you to get the most up-to-date information right in your Inbox.

Subscribe Now
Georgia CORE


Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a statewide nonprofit that leverages partnerships and innovation to attract more clinical trials, increase research, and promote education and early detection to improve cancer care for Georgians in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state.