Confronting Disparities in Lung Cancer

Compared with all other racial and ethnic groups in the United States, Black people are disproportionally more affected by lung cancer. Sharon R. Pine, PhD, a resident member of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, associate professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and member of the Cancer Health Equity Center of Excellence e, discusses the barriers that Black people face, the research being done on racial health disparities and how action can be taken now.

Rutgers Cancer Institute Research: Abdominal Fat Linked to Worse Outcomes for Black Breast Cancer Survivors

Findings from a recent population based cohort study published online in JAMA Oncology show that Black women diagnosed with breast cancer who also have central obesity, which means excess body fat in the abdominal area, were more likely to die from breast cancer or any other cause than similar women who didn’t have central obesity.

Study of Cancer Patients and COVID-19 Highlights Health Disparities

Findings from a study led by researchers at Henry Ford Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Advocate Aurora Health, the Food and Drug Administration and Syapse®, show an elevated risk for severe COVID-19 effects or death among patients with cancer, with the highest risk being among low-income and Black patients.

Leading Health and Cancer Advocacy Groups Unite to Reduce Racial Disparities in Cancer Care

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) presented new ideas for overcoming inequality in oncology. The recommendations address how medical systems often disproportionately fail minority patients.

MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING ANNOUNCES NEWLY ENDOWED CHAIR AND FELLOWSHIPS FOR HEALTH EQUITY AND DIVERSITY

The new positions reflect MSK’s commitment to expanding patient access to cancer care and supporting ongoing research aimed at reducing cancer disparities that stem from racial, ethnic, cultural, or socioeconomic barriers.

New Research in JNCCN Highlights Dangerous Disparities for Life-Saving Cancer Screening

New research in the January 2021 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network finds more than a third of eligible people miss timely screening tests for colorectal cancer and at least a quarter appear to miss timely screening tests for breast and cervical cancers.

Is 43 Too Young for Colon Cancer? UC San Diego Health Experts Available to Talk About Colorectal Cancer

With the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman, many may be wondering how a seemingly healthy adult is diagnosed with a disease often thought of as illness of older adults. Although colorectal cancer is most often diagnosed in people 50…

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith Named Director of Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity for Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, has been appointed Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity for Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Smilow Cancer Hospital (SCH), as well as Chief Health Equity Officer & Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at SCH, and Associate Cancer Center Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at YCC.