Research from the American Cancer Society has revealed that if every American had access to high-quality preventative care, the country’s total cancer mortality rate would fall by 22%, and by 34% among the subset of Americans aged 25‐74 years. This calculation is significant and reveals a deep disparity in the quality of care one receives. More than 134,000 of the 610,000 cancer deaths expected in 2018 would not occur if all Americans had the same levels of exposure to risk factors and received the same quality of care as college-educated Americans. (Read full article here)
In San Francisco, where cancer is the leading cause of death, the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN) is leading the charge of reducing disparities in cancer outcomes. The initiative’s primary focus is to reduce inequities in prevention, screening rates, access to quality healthcare, and outcomes for all racial/ethnic minorities and socially disadvantaged groups. In order to do so, SF CAN is:
- Exploring key contributors to cancer disparities, including adverse social and economic conditions, low health literacy, as well as barriers to screening and high quality healthcare.
- Building and sustaining strong working relationships and open channels for sharing innovation citywide.
- Sharing promising evidence-based prevention and screening practices across the entire San Francisco community.
- Developing and advancing promising, community-based solutions for the future
- Using San Francisco as an example of preventing and slowing certain cancers, and will eventually extend this model across the Bay Area, California, and beyond.
SFCCC is honored to be partnering with SF CAN to ensure the patients of our member clinics receive timely and accurate screenings, education on preventative measures, and the highest quality of medical care.