Changing the game in Cancer … through Diversity Partnerships
"New pairings to Expand Communities of Health"
Health is more influenced by behaviors and social issues (ie income, education level, community environment and access to quality food choices) than by medical care. Cancer rates reflect that disparity: Blacks have 14% higher cancer death rate than non-Hispanic whites and the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the US for a majority of cancers. Strong bold partnerships are needed to influence and support change.
- Otis Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, who leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort on cancer health disparities.