Each day, 3,400 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer and another 1,500 die from the disease. And while these numbers are disturbing, they also contain a fundamental inequity: Racial and ethnic minority groups form a larger percentage of these totals than their proportions in the general population.
At the Siteman Cancer Center, we strive to develop strategies for reducing such disparities in cancer care. These efforts are coordinated by our Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD). The program monitors Siteman's research, clinical and policy initiatives and oversees outreach programs.
PECaD's strategies focus on enhancing awareness among underserved patients – including minority, rural, low-income and immigrant populations – by expanding working partnerships with local community organizations. These organizations help Siteman spread the word about cancer risks, screening options, funding programs and referral centers in nonthreatening ways. Siteman has made this grass-roots model one of the most successful efforts in the country at reducing cancer-care disparity.
To support its work, PECaD recently received a five-year, $1.25 million award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Siteman was one of just 25 institutions nationwide to receive a grant through the NCI's Community Networks Program. The grant will allow PECaD to expand its infrastructure, enhance disparities-based research, train minority researchers and educate Siteman faculty and staff members about health-care inequalities. More information about PECaD's structure and research activities can be found here.
For more information about PECaD, call 314-747-4611 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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