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Cervical Cancer-Free SC to hold Lowcountry summit

Staff Report

Cervical Cancer–Free South Carolina will hold its inaugural summit Jan. 9-10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Charleston.

Representative Bakari T. Sellers will deliver the closing keynote talk addressing cervical cancer in the state and the need for HPV (human papilloma virus) education and vaccination for adolescent girls and boys.

The summit, aimed at health care providers, researchers and community advocates, will feature sessions on cervical cancer screening, eliminating disparities in cervical cancer, the role of the HPV vaccine in preventing cervical cancer and advocacy and education.

Heather Brandt, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and co–chair of Cervical Cancer–Free South Carolina, emphasized the summit’s role in bringing together a diverse audience of stakeholders.

“There are a lot of people in South Carolina working to address the burden of cervical cancer through prevention, including HPV vaccination, screening, and follow-up care.  The summit offers an opportunity for these stakeholders to discuss the problem and explore solutions,” Brandt said.
The summit is sponsored in part by the Sherman Financial Group for Cervical Cancer Prevention, the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and MUSC’s Department of Gynecology and General Obstetrics.

Cervical Cancer–Free South Carolina is a member state of the Cervical Cancer–Free Coalition focused on eliminating cervical cancer through screening, follow-up care, vaccination, and education.

The group consists of individual and organizational partners committed to increasing participation in cervical cancer screening; increasing adherence to follow–up care of abnormal screening results; increasing rates of HPV vaccination; and seeking additional funding to support cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination in South Carolina.

For more information or to register for the Cervical Cancer–Free Summit, visit:

Cervical Cancer in S.C. Facts

  • Cervical cancer is the 9th most commonly diagnosed cancer among white women and the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women.
  • It is estimated that more than 190 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, with about 75 women dying from the disease.
  • Cervical cancer death rates are almost two times higher in black women as compared to white women.
  • South Carolina ranks 14th in new cases of cervical cancer and seventh in cervical cancer deaths in the United States.

For more information about the HPV virus and cervical cancer, visit:

January 10, 2014

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