“Promotoras” for Prevention

Hispanic women in the US have an outsized risk of getting—and dying from—cervical cancer. Contributing factors range from genetic to socioeconomic and cultural.
 
In the Rio Grande Valley, even women who access Pap smears likely won’t have access to follow-up services for abnormal results.
 
They would “see me 5 or 10 years later in Houston with cancer,” says Kathleen Schmeler of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. To get ahead of the problem, she led a research program that trained clinicians in the Valley to remove abnormal cells.
 
They also found that prevention programs work better with the help of “promotoras”—community members hired to spread the word.  
 
Knowable Magazine

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