Global Cancer Day, held on February 4, unifies the globe to battle cancer and enhance cancer care. This year’s topic, “Close the Care Gap,” highlights fair cancer care and tackling health inequalities. Leaders should innovate and utilize resources to create a just and cancer-free planet.
Closing Cancer Care Gaps: City of Hope Leads the Charge Towards Health Equality
Race, age, gender, socioeconomic position, and geography might cause cancer care disparities. Recent studies show that rural and low-income cancer patients have worse survival rates. Despite recommended screening tests, persons of color, particularly Black people, have higher cancer incidence rates and fewer early-stage diagnoses.
Health equality programs at City of Hope aim to reduce these gaps. Famous genomics specialist Dr. John D. Carpten stresses the need to find and reduce variables that increase cancer incidence and death in underprivileged regions. Clinical trials are being used to provide access to vital cancer research and treatment to ensure equitable care for all patients, regardless of ethnicity, color, gender, poverty, or region.
City of Hope’s objective to reduce cancer inequalities relies on precision medicine and genetic testing. City of Hope offers free genetic testing to all patients to tailor therapy and enhance results for various populations. Dr. Veronica C. Jones and Dr. Sarah Shuck also lead research to explore demographic differences in breast and prostate cancer outcomes.
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City of Hope’s Bold Approach to Health Equity: Advocacy, Collaboration, and Progress
Beyond clinical care, City of Hope promotes health equity via public policy advocacy and community engagement. The institution is collaborating with community partners and the California Cancer Care Equity Act to provide high-quality cancer treatment and support to all.
The City of Hope’s diversified strategy for addressing the cancer care gap shows its commitment to health equity and better results for all cancer patients. City of Hope is paving the way toward a cancer-free, equitable society through innovative research, clinical treatment, and activism.