Pride, Progress, and Working toward Health Equity:  Cancer and the LGBTQIA+ Community

By Nora Leahy, MPH, CHES, Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities Every June we celebrate Pride Month and the great diversity, strength, and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community.  We reflect on the past and honor those who risked everything to pave the way toward equality.  We also imagine and strive for a future rooted […]

Large Study Finds Inequality Increases Risk of Premature Death on Par with Unhealthy Behaviors

Suggests focus on inequality should be similar to that on lifestyle risk factors by Hank DartA large, new study has found that income inequality contributes to premature death on a level similar to important lifestyle factors like smoking, physical inactivity, and diabetes. The study, appearing in The Lancet, combined findings from 48 cohort studies in […]

Siteman Cancer Center’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities Celebrates 10 Years

by Katy Henke 2015 marked 10 years for The Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD). PECaD, a National Cancer Institute-funded program, works to eliminate cancer disparities through cancer prevention and treatment. To celebrate 10 years of accomplishment and collaboration in the community, PECaD hosted an evening of achievement on September 15, 2015, presenting […]

Reducing cancer disparities through participating in clinical research

Participation in therapeutic clinical trials rarely reflects the race and ethnic composition of the patient population. To meet National Institutes of Health-mandated goals, strategies to increase participation are required. We recently reported our work from Siteman Cancer Center and the Program for the Elimination of CancerDisparities to increase trial participation. Clinical trials are crucial to […]

Improving access to colorectal cancer screening for the underserved. Eliminating cancer disparities.

As we have noted previously, colorectal cancer is a leading preventable cause of cancer mortality. See related posts. Screening can be effective reducing deaths by half. Yet it is underutilized. Multi-level interventions addressing system changes and individual factors can effectively increasing screening. To date, most interventions have been implemented and evaluated in higher-resource settings such […]