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Cervical Cancer & Black Women – Henrietta Lacks‘ Story Part 1

Distrust & Disparities: Dismantling Black Health Disparities

Cervical Cancer & Black Women – Henrietta Lacks‘ Story Part 1

This is part one of our cervical cancer and Henrietta Lacks discussion. On this week’s episode we discuss Henrietta Lacks’ story and the disparity that remains in the diagnosis of…
November 12, 2021

Cervical Cancer & Black Women – Henrietta Lacks‘ Story Part 1

This is part one of our cervical cancer and Henrietta Lacks discussion. On this week’s episode we discuss Henrietta Lacks’ story and the disparity that remains in the diagnosis of and death from cervical cancer, especially in Black women. Henrietta Lacks is a Black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951 but her cells have lived on and have made enormous contributions to medicine and science. And we highlight the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the first and only national nonprofit organization created by Black women and dedicated to helping protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls.

 

Resources: 

https://lacksfamily.com/her-story

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/henriettalacks/

https://www.thelily.com/henrietta-lackss-family-is-suing-for-guardianship-of-her-immortal-cells/

https://cerving.bwhi.org/?utm_source=Earned&utm_medium=Earned&utm_content=Earned_CervingConfidence_EarnedCoverage&utm_campaign=CervingConfidence

https://bwhi.org/2021/06/22/cerving-confidence-and-ciara-issue-call-to-black-women-commit-to-self-care-and-schedule-a-well-woman-exam/

 

Visit the Black Women’s Health Imperative website to find resources, take action, donate, and support the organization’s mission. https://bwhi.org/

 

If you would like to suggest a medical story we should discuss on the podcast or even your own personal story of medical distrust or disparities, please email us at [email protected]om.

 

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A Diverse Skill Set Peter McCanna is chief executive officer (CEO) at Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not- for-profit health system in Texas. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, as well as an array of virtual and in-home services.