Native American women have higher rates of cervical cancer compared to their white counterparts, according to a 2014 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Native women are also more likely to die from cervical cancer. We’ll talk about the connection between cervical cancer and the sexually-transmitted disease, human papillomavirus, or HPV. A vaccination recommended for girls when they’re 11 or 12 years old is producing results, but it remains controversial. And HPV vaccinations among Native Americans is spotty.
Dr. Eve Espey – OBGYN
Laura Roberts(Red Lake band of Ojibwe and Santee Sioux Nation) – health programs specialist at the American Indian Cancer Foundation
Tina Gray (Navajo) – project manager at capacity building Inc.’s Navajo Youth Builders
Break music: Great Grandpah’s Banjo (song) Pura Fe (artist) Full Moon Rising (album)