|15 November 2023
The Charles McKinley Reynolds Jr. Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management Initiative
14 November 2023
The National Minority Quality Forum is proud to partner with The Charles McKinley Reynolds, Jr. Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management Initiative in recognizing Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
The initiative supports and facilitates research, education, treatment, and advocacy for the improved management of pain associated with pancreatic cancer.
Its work focuses on African American patients, whose pain is often dismissed or devalued by medical professionals because of long-held biases and misunderstanding. The research and clinical trials they support factor in this phenomenon and other cultural dynamics that affect both how pain therapies are developed and administered and how African Americans receive them.
- About 64,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the U.S.
- The average rate of occurrence in the U.S. is 13.3% and in the Black community the rate is 15.9%.
- The 5-year survival rate is about 12% and in the Black community the rate is 11%.
Source: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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.