Reducing Health Disparities

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Cancer impacts everyone, but it doesn’t impact everyone equally. We are working to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. No one should be disadvantaged in their fight against cancer because of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.

From ensuring greater diversity among clinical trial participants to improving access to quality, affordable health care, we are asking lawmakers to reduce disparities in cancer care by advancing policies that break down existing barriers.

Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women overall

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October 22, 2020
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) today released a report detailing the costs of treating cancer, specifically out-of-pocket costs typical cancer patients face. The report found U.S. cancer patients in 2018 spent $5.6 billion in out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment

October 22, 2020

La Red de Acción Contra el Cáncer de la Sociedad Americana Contra el Cáncer (ACS CAN por sus siglas en inglés) publicó hoy un informe que detalla los costos del tratamiento de cáncer, específicamente los gastos de bolsillo que enfrentan los típicos pacientes de cáncer.

Cancer Candor Blog
October 2, 2020

Today’s blog is one of a series of posts highlighting how ACS CAN is examining, prioritizing and pursuing policy interventions that ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer. Achieving health equity in communities nationwide is a cornerstone of our mission.

September 29, 2020

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released new policy recommendations today to increase uptake of biomarker testing and advance the use of precision medicine in cancer care. The recommendations follow the release of new data that shows access is not keeping up with innovation when it comes to biomarker testing.

Reducing Health Disparities Resources

Despite notable advances in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment, not all individuals benefit equally from this important progress. This fact sheet provides an overview of current health disparities in cancer care and a snapshot of ACS CAN federal advocacy activities to eliminate these disparities and achieve health equity.

In order to reduce cancer mortality we must fight to achieve health equity, the just and fair opportunity for everyone to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer. This document shows a snapshot of how ACS CAN is fighting for health equity at the national, state and local levels.

Research is critical to understanding and reducing cancer disparities, as well as examining gaps in cancer prevention and care delivery that contribute to these disparities. Clinical trials are a key part of research and enable the development of better drugs and treatments for cancer.