The Importance of Health Equity in Preventive Services to the NCI

The Importance of Health Equity in Preventive Services to the NCI



health equity is important to the National Cancer Institute because the research that we lead support and conduct is really designed to inform strategies to reduce the incidence of mortality due to cancer in our population to the degree that some populations have disproportionate burden because that evidence isn't reaching them either through policy or clinical practice we want to make sure that we're providing the right evidence through the best research to reduce those disparities was NIH s largest Institute we have a special responsibility to address issues of health and equity and we do this through applications of research but also through the utilization of our extensive research infrastructure seventy nci-designated cancer centers a major national clinical trials program a breadth of epidemiological cohorts and intervention studies and by bringing all these resources and tools to bear we feel we can make significant progress on reducing health inequities by the generation of new evidence but also by implementing the best evidence we currently have available so in the era of cancer control we have incredible opportunities to significantly reduce the burden of cancer in underserved communities and there's some really compelling examples of this cervical cancer is a great example there are significant disparities and cervical cancer incidence and mortality but now we have a cancer prevention vaccine the HPV vaccine if we can get people vaccinated we can prevent cervical cancer similarly and colorectal cancer we know that we have the tools again the screening modalities that can allow us to detect colorectal cancer early but also to prevent the progression of colorectal cancer that's really essential because what it means is that if we can improve the delivery and uptake of these preventive services we know we can have a significant impact on reducing cancer mortality we can make tremendous progress and reducing the most common cancers the most common causes of cancer deaths by focusing on strategies that address the biggest risk factors the biggest drivers of cancer in America that includes tobacco use which still accounts for a third of all cancer deaths in United States that includes colorectal cancer where we have effective screening strategies and that also applies to cancers like cervical cancer where we have an effective cancer prevention vaccine by employing the best evidence by conducting additional research and developing more effective strategies we can have a significant impact on reducing health inequity in the United States

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