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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The American Association for Cancer Research today released its Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022. The publication aims to raise awareness of the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse and medically underserved populations in the United States while highlighting areas of recent progress in reducing cancer health disparities. The report also provides specific recommendations for achieving health equity, a fundamental human right for all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or community in which they live.
"Research is driving tremendous breakthroughs against cancer, but the grim reality is that these advances have not benefited everyone equally," says Cheryl Willman, M.D., co-chair, steering committee, American Association for Cancer Research Cancer Disparities Progress Report and Executive Director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Programs and Director of Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We are committed to achieving the bold vision of health equity for all. Racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse populations are severely underrepresented in clinical trials and cancer research, limiting our scientific knowledge and our ability to understand cancer causation and achieve improved clinical outcomes in these groups.”
Faye Belvin, a 58-year-old woman from Jacksonville, FL, was diagnosed and successfully treated for ovarian cancer in 2021 after having been treated for breast cancer in 2020.
Alejandro Mirazo was successfully treated for early-stage colon cancer at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Arizona after participating in a clinical trial seeking to understand how an individual’s genetic information could impact health care delivery.
"We cannot achieve the ultimate goal of eradicating cancer as a life-threatening disease for all unless we comprehensively address the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle features that characterize the entirety of our diverse patient populations," says Dr. Willman.
The report underscores that there is still much progress to be made and urges policymakers and other stakeholders committed to eliminating cancer health disparities to:
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