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Early screening isn’t an option, it’s a matter of life or death.



09 November 2022

Did you know, people of color are up to twice as likely to be diagnosed in late stages of cancer than their counterparts?

In colorectal cancer, Black Americans had the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the U.S. compared to any other ethnic minority group.

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death among Black men.

If everyone followed the proper screening guidelines, 33,000 lives could be saved each year from colorectal cancer, and more than 10,000 American lives have been saved since lung cancer screening was introduced for high-risk people who are over 55 and have a history of smoking.

Early screening isn’t an option, it’s a matter of life or death.

Change in equitable cancer care means ensuring that people in communities of color have a higher chance of survival. It means reducing cancer death rates in half.

To reduce patient risk and close systemic gaps, we must catch cancer earlier in people of color.

We can change the course of cancer for communities of color.

With the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative, aligned with Cancer Moonshot, we can achieve more equitable cancer care and a healthier future.


National Minority Quality Forum is a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives to eliminate health disparities.

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