Head & Neck Cancer Alliance Stands with American Cancer Society Against Racism

The Head & Neck Cancer Alliance grieves the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We join our colleagues across the nation to stand in solidarity against racism. These words from the American Cancer Society define the great task that is before us: “Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it does not affect everyone equally. Black communities and others disparately impacted by cancer experience greater obstacles to cancer prevention, treatment and survival, including systemic racial disparities that go beyond the obvious connection to cancer. They include racism, poverty, access to unhealthy foods, jobs with inadequate pay, low-quality education and housing, and unsafe environments. No one should be disadvantaged from fighting cancer because of the color of their skin, and all people deserve a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy lives.” Read the full statement here.

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Becoming a patient with a serious illness after practicing medicine for over 40 years allowed me to understand the hardship and difficulties that patients face in ways I could not have done before.Itzhak Brook, M.D. Msc.
Physician and Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Throat Cancer Survivor

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