Diversity and Inclusion in Cancer Health Equity

Third week of April is Minority Cancer Awareness Week

“Let’s Achieve Health Equity”

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JCO Oncology Practice

Toward Achieving Equity in Cancer Clinical Trials

“Racial and ethnic minorities who are traditionally underrepresented in clinical trials have also had worse clinical outcomes over time. Black patients, for example, have a clinical trial enrollment rate of 4%-6% despite representing 15% of the population and have the highest overall cancer death rate. It has been established that numerous barriers to clinical trial participation exist at...

Health Equity Train the Trainer Program

Health Equity Train the Trainer Program, an award-winning training program that is funded by the Florida Blue Foundation, in partnership with Orlando Health, Moffitt Cancer Center, and United Way Broward is a six-week long program with a 10-hour time commitment. There are two live zoom sessions (5 hours total) and 6 modules (5 hours total)...


2022 Cancer Disparities & Health Equity Summit

Professionals from academia, industry, and the community are coming together with the shared mission of closing health equity gaps and developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion efforts in the health system of Florida. Together they will promote the exchange of novel ideas, discuss the latest findings in the field, and stimulate the development of new research, advocacy, and policy on cancer disparities.


Patient, Caregiver, and Oncologist Experiences With and Perceptions of Racial Bias and Discrimination in Cancer Care Delivery

J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2022;20(10):1092-1098.e2. Schatz AA, Brooks-Coley K, Harrington E, Murray MS, Carlson RW. Cancer prevention and treatment systems are significantly impacted by interpersonal, organizational, and structural and systemic racism. A wide body of research has found that racial disparities in access to guideline-adherent cancer care are pervasive throughout the United States and...


September is Blood Cancer (Disparity) Awareness month

There is disparity in hematologic malignancies in incidence, outcome, survivorship, and clinical trial access. However, there is progress in health equity in hematologic malignancies.  Attached are few representative publications.  The problem of disparity in hematologic malignancies.  “Are Pivotal Clinical Trials for Drugs Approved for Leukemias and Multiple Myeloma Representative of the Population at Risk?” published in JCO...


FDA Clinical Trial Diversity Guidance

Per the ASCO Daily Post, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a draft guidance “Diversity Plans to Improve Enrollment of Participants from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Populations in Clinical Trials Guidance for Industry (fda.gov)” at https://www.regulations.gov. for sponsors developing medical products to include a diversity plan, focusing on racial and ethnic diversity, in...


Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Cancer Clinical Trials: An American Society of Clinical Oncology and Association of Community Cancer Centers Joint Research Statement | Journal of Clinical Oncology

  The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) released two new resources to help research sites increase racial and ethnic equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in cancer clinical trials with publication of an article in The Journal of Clinical Oncology that detailed six overarching recommendations for improving EDI in cancer...


Cancer Awareness Calendar


Cervical Health Awareness Month


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


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)


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


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


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


Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

July 13, 2021 – GIST Awareness Day

July 22, 2021 – Glioblastoma Awareness Day


Appendix Cancer Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

August 1, 2021 – World Lung Cancer Day


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


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


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 1, 2021 – World AIDS Day



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


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

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