This World Cancer Day, Southeast Clinical Oncology Research Consortium (SCOR) is joining organizations around the globe to draw attention to inequities in cancer care everywhere and help “Close the Care Gap.”
In United States and abroad, disparities and discrimination in cancer care treatments and outcomes exist across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, and gender identity groups among many others. The goal of World Cancer Day is to raise worldwide awareness, improve education to incite personal, collective and government action to ensure access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all. Held every February 4, World Cancer Day was created in 2000 to serve as a global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world to serve as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer. While we live in a time of unprecedented cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, many who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn.
This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about raising awareness of the equity gap that affects almost everyone in every country, and is costing countless lives. Help SCOR draw awareness to this important initiative and spread the word on social media!