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.
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.
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center study finds that Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black women had an increased likelihood of visiting an emergency department following surgery, an indication of poor quality of care
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.
Racial and ethnic minority groups, low income, underinsured, or uninsured individuals as well as those living in rural areas, often face greater obstacles when it comes to preventing, treating and surviving cancer.
Expert panel issues recommendations for addressing cancer inequities
The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) has launched a new podcast, “Accelerating Equity: Cancer Care for All,” hosted by AACI President Dr. Karen E. Knudsen. Her first guest is Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute.
Early detection could reduce the number of African Americans dying from liver cancer, but current screening guidelines may not find cancer soon enough in this community, according to a study published in Cancer in February.
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.
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 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.
The same societal factors that have caused worse outcomes in cancer for some minority populations are now causing disparities in COVID outcomes. Potential policy changes could help reduce disparities and improve outcomes for both diseases.
Physicians did not recognize side effects from radiation therapy in more than half of breast cancer patients who reported a significant symptom, a new study finds.
African American patients with lung cancer are still less likely to receive the most effective treatment for a common type of early stage lung 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…
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.