Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities

What Is the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities?

In St. Louis and surrounding communities, some groups have a higher burden of cancer than others. These groups include minorities, immigrants, the uninsured, low-income individuals and some groups that live in rural communities. The Siteman Cancer Center established the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) to reduce this burden on vulnerable populations. PECaD's mission is to work with community partners to create a national model for eliminating local and regional disparities in cancer prevention, education and treatment so that state-of-the-art cancer care available to all members of our community. Our current activities include:

  • Community screenings and health fairs
  • Promotion of evidence-based cancer information and interventions in the community
  • A community-based participatory research training program for community members, health-care providers and researchers
  • Research studies focusing on cancer disparities
  • Programs to increase minority participation in clinical trials

For more information, visit the PECaD section of our website.

How Can I Help?

There are several ways to help:

  • You can serve on one of our community partnership groups that help plan events and projects.
  • You can be trained as a volunteer speaker
  • You can help at health fairs and screening events.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the St. Louis community while learning more about cancer prevention and health. There are two easy steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Complete our  online inquiry form or print, complete and mail our paper form.
  2. Once your form is received, we will contact you for reference information, an in-person interview and orientation.

In the near future, PECaD will begin to recruit volunteers to work with us.  Please call PECaD at 314-747-4611 for more information on volunteer opportunities.