More than 73,000 African Americans died of cancer in the United States last in 2019; African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers. Cancer disparities negatively affect racial and ethnic minorities, poor people, sexual and gender minorities, adolescent and young adult populations, and older adults.
Researchers at Columbia University conducted a study on the distribution of Gynecologic oncologists, and they found that rural women aren’t likely to receive care from experts at all.
Identifying cancer health disparities helps communities at the highest risk to find out the best ways to reduce cancer risk and improve access to preventive care and treatment.
Addressing cancer disparities and health equity will be a crucial aspect of Haploscope’s mission. Health equity is achieved when every person can attain their full health potential. No one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.
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