MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Cervical Cancer Free SC Summit


SC Rep. Bakari Sellers to Deliver Closing Talk on Addressing Cervical Cancer in South Carolina

(JAN. 3, 2014, CHARLESTON, SC) – Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina will hold its inaugural summit January 9-10th at the Doubletree Hotel in Charleston. South Carolina Representative Bakari T. Sellers is scheduled to deliver the closing keynote talk on addressing cervical cancer in the state, specifically the need for HPV (human papilloma virus) education and vaccination for adolescent girls and boys.

The summit, aimed at healthcare 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, PhD, 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.

Cervical Cancer in South Carolina 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 7th in cervical cancer deaths in the Unites States

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

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.  Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina 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.

The summit is sponsored in part by the Sherman Financial Group for Cervical Cancer Prevention, the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, and the MUSC Dept. Of Gynecology and General Obstetrics.

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


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