Hollings Cancer Center researchers are dedicated to serving the needs of everyone in the state, including in our rural and medically underserved areas. Addressing health disparities also is a key mission. Health disparities are defined as the inequalities that occur in the provision of health care and access to health care across different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Hollings Cancer Center researchers do this in a variety of ways. Here are some of the highlights.
Research on health disparities.
Hollings researchers have received funding from the NCI to support three new research projects under SC CADRE.
Hollings Cancer Center will be able to continue a key statewide program to enroll more cancer patients from rural and underserved minority populations into cutting-edge clinical trials.
Cancer centers design strategies for including more racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials.
Scientific retreat tackles tough issues of health disparities, racism.
New first-of-its-kind cancer report focuses on the types of cancer that are contributing to the large burden of cancer experienced among African American men.
"South Carolina is making significant strides in combating cancer in our state. It is our desire for these benefits to reach African American men as well. The purpose of this report is to show areas where disparities still exist, and to make some recommendations to develop strategies to reduce, and eventually eliminate, these disparities."
- Marvella E. Ford, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
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