Cervical cancer is a global health problem that disproportionately affects Black women. Statistics reveal that Black women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with and die from cervical cancer than White women. This disparity underscores the urgent need to address the systemic issues that contribute to unequal access to care and preventive screening that is necessary to eliminate cervical cancer.
In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate Cervivor Founder and Chief Visionary, Tamika Felder’s pioneering moments in cervical cancer awareness and advocacy. As a long-time cervical cancer survivor and internationally recognized patient advocate for cervical cancer prevention, Tamika has been a driving force in the fight against this disease. Her journey and advocacy have left an indelible mark on the cervical cancer community, inspiring change, health equity, access to care, and the creation of a community of patients and survivors sharing their lived experiences with others.
Tamika’s tireless efforts have significantly contributed to the mission of ending cervical cancer once and for all. Founding Cervivor 19 years ago has not only brought survivors together but has also played a pivotal role in spreading awareness, providing education, and offering support to those impacted by this disease. Through her advocacy, she has amplified the voices of survivors and thrivers, ensuring that their stories are heard and their needs are addressed.
The recent Cervical Cancer Summit powered by Cervivor, where Tamika’s presence was felt, served as a testament to the impact of her advocacy. The summit brought together experts, researchers, healthcare professionals, family members, and patient advocate voices to discuss the latest advancements, challenges, and strategies in the cervical cancer space. The discussions and initiatives that emerged from this event have the potential to shape the future of cervical cancer awareness and prevention.
Tamika’s advocacy has also been instrumental in addressing the disparities in cervical cancer education, treatment, and prevention among Black women. Her commitment to empowering individuals with knowledge and resources, promoting early detection, and reducing the burden of cervical cancer in Black communities won’t stop.
Tamika’s story is a part of cervical cancer history. Her advocacy has not only raised awareness but has also paved the way for a future where cervical cancer is eradicated. As we share our stories we stand in solidarity with Tamika and work towards this shared mission.
Her story, your story, and our stories matter. Together, we can make a difference and create a world free from cervical cancer as we know it.