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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Hispanic/Latino adults. Within the Hispanic/Latino population, women have higher rates of infection-related cancers, such as cervical cancer, compared to other racial and ethnic minorities. Women who have a poor education, low socioeconomic status, and do not speak English have a greater incidence of cervical cancer. However, promotoras, who are health promoters, have been shown to be an effective public health intervention because they provide education, address barriers, and increase access to preventive care services. This rapid review identified and examined studies from PubMed and Scopus on the impact that promotoras had on Hispanic/Latina women regarding knowledge, attitudes, and cervical cancer screening uptake. Out of the 490 articles that met the search criteria, 14 met the inclusion criteria. Studies included various types of promotora interventions, varied in sample size, design, location, and in length of study. Several studies suggested that promotoras are effective in increasing knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer, Pap tests, and human papilloma virus (HPV). Additionally, promotoras are effective in positively changing attitudes, increasing self-efficacy, and perceived benefits of routine Pap test screening. Lastly, the promotoras demonstrate that they can change cancer screening behaviors and address financial and capacity barriers to cervical cancer screening. While most studies reported significant findings, a few studies showed no change in outcomes or mixed results. Overall, promotoras have a positive impact on overcoming challenges to cervical cancer screening in Hispanic/Latino communities.