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Working To Solve Disparities in Cancer


Sept. 28, 2011 – African Americans are more likely to be both diagnosed with certain forms of cancer and to die from them than other racial and ethnic groups. In this Breakthroughs in Cancer Research podcast, Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, evaluation co-leader for Siteman Cancer Center’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD ), discusses Siteman's efforts to discover the reasons for the disparities and what it would take to reduce them. Through a research program Drake leads, PECaD is working with African-American males ages 40 to 80 to uncover the barriers that keep them from participating in tissue research for prostate cancer. Drake says that through such research and outreach programs, PECaD partners with the community to discover new solutions.

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