Preventing the most common cancers in the black community
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Stand Up To Cancer Day is the result of the efforts of a passionate and fierce group of women who have been personally affected by cancer. In 2008, these women decided that levels of cancer awareness and research efforts were not where they needed to be. They combined media and entertainment resources to create a fundraising event for cancer research, and this event would launch an annual day dedicated to cancer awareness.
The CDC reports that nearly 2 million annual cancer cases have been reported in recent years. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 224,080 new cases of cancer among black patients in 2022. As is unfairly true for many risks and conditions, cancer hits the black community harder than others. There are several types of cancers seen in black patients at alarmingly higher rates than in other groups. Stand Up To Cancer Day should contain cancer awareness within the black community. While there are systemic factors that cause these inequities, there are still things black patients can do to prevent or reduce their risk of developing these common cancers.