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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September 23, 2022
National

Twelve groups representing millions of patients across the nation will file an amicus curiae - or friend of the court - brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect access to quality health care for individuals with Medicaid health coverage.

September 20, 2022
Oregon

Portland, OR . – Yesterday, Washington County Circuit Court ruled against an existing ordinance to end the sale of flavored tobacco in the county. The following can be attributed to Jamie Dunphy, Oregon director of government relations for ACS CAN: “This decision by the Circuit Court against Washington County’s

September 19, 2022
Indiana

Advocates Were Among the First to Meet In-Person with Members Since the Pandemic’s Start; Will Ask For Increased Cancer Research Funding

September 19, 2022
Ohio

Advocates Were Among the First to Meet In-Person with Members Since the Pandemic’s Start; Will Ask For Increased Cancer Research Funding

Reducing Health Disparities Resources

ACS CAN and more than 150 organizations representing patients, providers and health equity advocates sent a letter to Congress urging them to pass the Diversifying Investigations Via Equitable Research Studies for Everyone (DIVERSE) Trials Act into law to remove barriers to clinical trial enrollment.

Cancer biomarker testing can lead to targeted therapy which can improve survival and quality of life by connecting patients to the most beneficial treatment for their disease.

Disparities have been described in various domains of cancer research, each issue exists separately and has a different relationship to understanding and addressing disparities in clinical outcomes. The various domains of research disparities are explored in Cancer Research and Disparities: Understanding and Addressing the Issues.