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ASCO Special Series: Disparities in Cancer Care for Hispanic-LatinX People

EDITORIALS Disparities in Cancer Care and Scientific Knowledge in Hispanic/Latinx People in the United States Bosserman et al. pp. 367–369 Citation | Full Text | PDF (111 KB)  A Global Approach to Cancer Equity in the Hispanic/Latinx Population Green et al. pp. 371–373 Citation | Full Text | PDF (113 KB)  Challenges in Genetic Testing and Treatment Outcomes Among Hispanics With Lung Cancer...

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March is Myeloma Awareness Month

Racial disparity in myeloma has been evident in incidence and mortality with a twofold difference. Similarly, earlier age at diagnosis and monoclonal gammopathy are almost double in blacks compared to whites. The encouraging news is that outcomes can be similar if access and appropriate treatment specifically bortezomib and autologous transplant are utilized. There have been...

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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month started in 1926 conceived by historian Carter G Woodson  to honor African Americans and raise awareness of Black history.  Although many come to mind to honor, we highlight some pioneers to bring recognition.  Jane C Wright  was a pioneering cancer researcher and  the only woman among seven physicians who helped...

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is cervical cancer awareness month. Because of social determinants that affect access to screening,  HPV vaccinations and treatment,  there is disparity in  outcome in cervical cancer in Hispanic women. Cervical cancer incidence and mortality among Hispanic women are about 30%-40% higher than those among non Hispanic White women. The American Cancer Society updated  Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanic/Latino People 2021-2023 in...

 

Cancer Awareness Calendar

January

Cervical Health Awareness Month

February

National Cancer Prevention Month

African American/Black History Month

February 4, 2021 – World Cancer Day feb

February 14, 2021 – National Donor Day

February 15, 2021 – International Childhood Cancer Day

February 28, 2021 – Rare Disease Day

March

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Women’s History Month

Myeloma Awareness Month

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

March 4, 2021 – International HPV Awareness Day

March 8, 2021 – International Women’s Day

March 11, 2021 – World Kidney Day

March 16, 2021 – Kick Butts Day (smoking)

April

National Cancer Control Month

National Minority Health Month

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

National Minority Cancer Awareness Month

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

National Arab American Heritage Month

Celebrate Diversity Month

3rd week of April – Minority Cancer Awareness

April 7, 2021 – World Health Day

May

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

National Cancer Research Month

National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Oncology Nursing Month

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 8, 2021 – World Ovarian Cancer Day

May 9-15, 2021 – Women’s Health Week

May 12, 2021 – Women’s Check-Up Day

May 31, 2021 – World No-Tobacco Day

June

Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

Cancer Survivors Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month

June 14-20, 2021 – Men’s Health Week

June 17, 2021 – World Kidney Cancer Day

June 17-23, 2021 – National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week

July

Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

July 13, 2021 – GIST Awareness Day

July 22, 2021 – Glioblastoma Awareness Day

August

Appendix Cancer Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

August 1, 2021 – World Lung Cancer Day

September

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

September 21, 2021 – Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

September 24, 2021 – World Cancer Research Day

September 29 – October 5, 2021 – National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

October

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Liver Cancer Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 9, 2021 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

October 13, 2021 – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

October 15, 2021 – National Mammography Day

October 17-23, 2021 – National Health Quality Week

November

Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

National Family Caregivers Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Marrow Awareness Month

Native American/American Indian Heritage Month

December

December 1, 2021 – World AIDS Day

 

Publications

Cancer Treatment Disparities | AACR Cancer Disparities Progess Report 2020

American Cancer Society’s report on the status of cancer disparities in the United States, 2021.

Cancer statistics for African American/Black People 2022

Cancer statistics for the US Hispanic/Latino population, 2021

Recommendations on Eliminating Racial Disparities in Multiple Myeloma Therapies: A Step toward Achieving Equity in Healthcare.

Cancer Disparities and Health Equity: A Policy Statement From the American Society of Clinical Oncology

AACR REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CANCER RESEARCH AND PATIENT CARE

Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts


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Johnstone, Peter

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Farooqi B, Smith B, Chowdhary M, Pavoni S, Modi A, Schnell F. Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis in Central Georgia in the United States. J Community Support Oncol. 2015;13(12):436-441.

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Ailawadhi, Sikander

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Nahleh, Zeina

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