Eastern Kentucky Cervical Cancer Rates Staggering

According to a new research Cervical Cancer rates in Eastern Kentucky are 33 percent higher than the national average.

Health Officials say some of the reasons why the numbers are higher are due to poverty, and a lack of health insurance.

Lexington Representative Kathy Stein says a bill currently in the legislature would help women and girls who are not getting the proper health care.

Poverty is said to be the greatest barrier.

Eastern Kentucky has 43 of the nation's poorest counties, second only to Mississippi.

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