The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states quite clearly "No woman should ever die from cervical cancer." It is a disease that can be prevented through vaccination or detected early and cured through regular Pap testing. Yet cervical cancer still kills a few thousand U.S. women each year.
Even worse news is that Louisiana accounts for a large number of those deaths, with the state having the fourth highest cervical cancer mortality rate in the nation.
The Cervical Cancer Free Louisiana (CCFLA) initiative is striving to change this by increasing awareness of cervical cancer prevention programs, increasing rates of Pap testing and follow-up care among women in Louisiana, and improving HPV vaccine uptake among adolescents in Louisiana. With adequate cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination, cervical cancer is a preventable disease. We hope our efforts will create a future Louisiana where women live without the threat of this deadly disease.