World Cancer Day: Close the Care Gap

World Cancer Day – Every February 4

This World Cancer Day, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is joining organizations worldwide to draw attention to inequities in cancer care everywhere and close the care gap.    

Disparities in cancer care and outcomes exist between the United States and other countries, and within the U.S. between different races/ethnicities, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, gender identities, regions, and more.

To address inequalities in access and help close the care gap, NCCN worked with American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) to convene the Elevating Cancer Equity Working Group and create the Health Equity Report Card (HERC)—a tool for improving the quality and equity of cancer care.

Learn more about the 17 actionable practice changes included on the Health Equity Report Card, and come back on World Cancer Day for more information.


Health Equity Report Card: Recommendations to Reduce Racial Disparities in Access to Guideline Adherent Cancer Care

Community Engagement
Reflect Community Demographics in Practice and Leadership

Partner Formally and Equitably with Community-Based Organizations
Use Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Wording

Develop Programs Based on Community Health Needs Assessments

Accessibility of Care and Social Determinants of Health
Facilitate Access to Non-Emergency Transportation

Offer Representative Patient Navigators and Community Health Workers
Collect and Utilize Data on Social Determinants of Health

Establish a Process to Connect Patients with Resources
Offer Flexible Hours for Screening and Treatment

Provide Staff Training to Reduce Barriers to Clinical Trial Participation

Addressing Bias in Care Delivery
Embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in All Policies

Incorporate Disparities and Equity Framework into Quality Improvement Activities
Recruit, Retain, and Promote Minority Researchers and Practitioners

Provide and Require Annual Implicit Bias Training for All Employees
Utilize Health Information Technology and Workflow to Prevent Disparities in Care

Quality of Care and Comprehensiveness
Refer Patients to Preventive and Supportive Services Where Appropiate

Discuss Clinical Trial Options with All Patients