HEALTH EQUITY FOR RESEARCH and OPERATIONS
All people deserve a fair and just opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.
Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally.
Many social structures and practices can limit a person’s access to health care needed to prevent, treat, and survive cancer. These obstacles may include racism, discrimination, poverty, lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, low quality education and housing,
and jobs with inadequate pay.
That’s why African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups, people who have low incomes or are underinsured or uninsured, and people living in rural areas often face greater obstacles than others.
The American Cancer Society is actively working to end these disparities in cancer and fight for health equity, which means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer.
If we are to further reduce deaths from cancer, we need to make sure everyone has the ability to benefit from the advances in research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
No one should be disadvantaged in their fight against cancer because of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.
We launch innovative, high-impact research to find more - and better - treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve the quality of life for people facing cancer.
We provide the latest, evidence based cancer information, share how making healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce cancer risk, and develop screening guidelines that can help detect certain cancers early.
We fight cancer in city hall, the statehouse, and in Congress to demand change from our elected officials to build healthier communities, create safer workplaces, and provide greater, more equitable access to quality medical care.
We help people find answers and resources.