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Black women are dying of cervical cancer at a disproportionally higher rate than white women, a new study finds.

Cervical cancer, which typically develops from human papillomavirus (HPV), is highly preventable and one of the more treatable cancers. When it's caught early, the five-year survival rate is 90% — but for many Black women, cervical cancer goes undetected. According to a joint report from the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), Black women are far more likely to have a late-stage diagnosis of cervical cancer, and more likely to die from the disease than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.