National Minority Quality Forum’s Cancer Staging Initiative launches website to promote early detection of multiple cancers and equitable cancer care

The new #ShiftCancer initiative aligned with Cancer Moonshot is supported by Exact Sciences.

washington d.c. November 02, 2022 –(– The National Minority Quality Foruma nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations receive optimal health care, shared the website posting of the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative, a collaborative effort aligned with President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot 2.0 – a renewed call to action to reduce the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years.

The mission of the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative is to move the country from advanced to early stage cancer diagnosis and treatment, improve cancer care, and reduce the incidence of cancer death for all, with a particular focus on equity and underrepresented populations. . Society of Exact Sciencesa molecular diagnostics company specializing in the detection of cancers at an early stage, is one of the founding sponsors of the initiative.

Racial and ethnic minorities suffer disproportionately from cancer. Routine cancer screening tests currently covered by Medicare only detect five types of cancer (lung, breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate), which means there are no early detection tests for most types of cancer. Although scientific advances in cancer screening have improved patient outcomes regarding quality of life, cancers without screening are more likely to be discovered at later stages in Black, Hispanic, or Native American/Alaskan people. .

“Early cancer detection should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford to pay out of pocket,” said Dr. Gary PuckerinPresident and CEO of the National Forum on Minority Quality. “When cancer is detected at an early stage, there are better treatment and survival options. That’s the goal here – we want to shift the stage of cancer detection to everyone, but especially black and brown people – who have historically had low or inadequate health insurance coverage, or higher prevalence other chronic diseases such as diabetes, which reduce the likelihood of cancer survival.

Awareness initiative & Access to early detection tests for several cancers

One of the goals of the first phase of the Cancer Staging Initiative will be to increase awareness and access to early detection tests for several cancers. Multiple-cancer early detection (MCED) tests are blood tests (also called liquid biopsies) that are designed to identify the presence of cancer for more than one cancer at a time in earlier, more treatable stages. CMDE tests:

Are designed to detect many types of cancers by looking for cancer signals in the blood.

Are designed to complement existing projections.

Use genomic science and machine learning to transform detection.

“Our vision at Exact Sciences is to eradicate cancer and the suffering it causes through tests that detect cancer earlier – and we cannot do this alone,” said Kevin ConroyCEO of Exact Sciences. “Through partnerships with organizations like the NMQF, we strive to ensure that all patients have access to cancer screening.”

Aligned with The White House Cancer Moonshot, the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative is a coordinated effort that involves advocacy and education, access to clinical research, representative data, improving quality of care, and commitment community focused on early detection and treatment of cancer in underserved areas. populations.

The initiative has a two-pronged approach:

Increase early cancer detection rates through established screening and guidelines

Screen for more than 50 MCED-detectable cancers through clinical development and reimbursement of MCED technologies and ensuring a patient journey to subsequent diagnosis and treatment.

New online hub to advance equitable cancer care for vulnerable communities

The newly launched online hub includes several interactive features designed to increase awareness of cancer disparities, innovation in early detection and treatment, and provide patient and clinician-focused resources to fill gaps in delivery cancer care.

“The Shift Cancer website is an interactive public resource for healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers and patients to better understand the cost of cancer to vulnerable communities,” said Adjoa Kyerematen, National Forum on Minority Quality spokesperson. “This is a one-stop roadmap to accessing innovation and enabling equitable cancer care that changes what cancer looks like in this country for everyone.

ShiftCancer.Org hub features include:

Flight Plan to Equity Cancer Timeline Simulator

Interactive simulator with information on the financial impact, survival, and hospitalization rates of late detection of prevalent cancer tumor types.

Innovation Center

Information on innovative cancer care, including diagnostic tools and treatment Innovation education video series that highlights innovations aimed at eliminating cancer disparities

Cancer Command Center

Interactive map of areas with high incidence of cancer or at risk of cancer

Patient headquarters including an FAQ center with financial resources, a “Share your story” engagement module, a local cancer organization locator and a cancer screening locator

Clinician Command Center offering registration for Principal Investigator Training, access to Clinical Investigation Site Network registration, and anti-racism/implied bias training resources

Political Action Center and Latest News

Information on breaking news and local actions in support of policies that address barriers to equitable cancer care

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Contact information:
National Forum on Minority QualityAdjoa Kyerematen202-220-8505
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