Closing the Cancer Gap

Higher mortality rates. Less access to care. Poorer quality of life. These are some of the realities minority groups face when cancer care is not equitable.

Agents of Change

It’s no surprise that America’s “war on cancer” continues to make improvements in the screening and treatment of cancer, cutting overall rates and enabling more people to survive longer and with a better quality of life.

What is surprising: Black Americans, members of other minority groups, low-wage workers, members of LGBTQ+ communities, women, the elderly, residents of rural areas, and those lacking insurance, transportation, or help in caring for ailing family members are often unable to access these advances because of who they are — and where and how they live.

There is reason for hope, however, in the form of modern-day heroes. Across the United States, researchers, clinicians, patients, advocates, community leaders, and activists are working to circumvent or eliminate obstacles to care. Closing the Cancer Gap is an ongoing initiative introducing some of these dedicated changemakers who are working to ensure that care is equitable for all.

Breast Cancer

Society has fragmented us into healthcare haves and have-nots.

Colorectal Cancer

We must stop blaming patients for not prioritizing their care, especially when we know that providers don’t invest adequate time discussing prevention.

Lung Cancer

It’s not just historical abuses, but structural racism that’s made Black Americans reluctant to seek care.

Gynecologic Cancers

As a society, we need to have tough conversations about access to quality care and collectively come up with solutions so that having a cancer diagnosis does not become a death sentence for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Head and Neck Cancer