World Cancer Day – Every February 4

Disparities in cancer care and outcomes exist between the United States and other countries, and within the United States between different races/ethnicities, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, gender identities, regions, and more. This World Cancer Day, JNCCN–Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network is joining organizations worldwide to draw attention to inequities in cancer care everywhere and close the care gap.

Find a selection of peer-reviewed research and commentary on closing the care gap, below.


Receipt of Guideline-Concordant Care Does Not Explain Breast Cancer Mortality Disparities by Race in Metropolitan Atlanta

Impact of Nonadherence to NCCN Adjuvant Radiotherapy Initiation Guidelines in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in an Underserved Urban Population

Racial Background and Health Behaviors among Adults with Cancer in Canada: Results of a National Survey

Delays in Care Associated With Non-English-Speaking Patients with Breast Cancer

Sociodemographic Factors Associated With Rapid Relapse in Triple Negative Breast Cancer: A Multi-Institution Study

Race and Age-Related Disparities in Cervical Cancer Mortality

Uptake Rates of Novel Therapies and Survival Among Privately Compared to Publicly Compared to Publicly Insured Colorectal Cancer Patients in Germany

Medicare/Medicaid Insurance, Rurality and Black Race Associated with Provision of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Treatment and Survival

Elderly Black Non-Hispanics with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer Have the Worst Survival Outcomes

Race and Socioeconomic Status Impact Outcomes for HPV-Associated Cancers of the Head and Neck

Review: Improving Health Equity and Reducing Disparities in Pediatric and Adolescent/Young Adult Oncology: In Support of Clinical Practice Guidelines

NCCN Annual Conference Highlights: Keynote Session: Reducing Racial Disparities in Oncology – Recommendations for Implementing Guideline-Adherent Cancer Care

NCCN Policy Summit: Innovative Solutions to Drive Down Healthcare Costs: Implications for Access to High Quality Cancer Care

NCCN Policy Summit: Advocating for Equity in Cancer Care

Commentary: Diversity, Equity and Representativeness – Coming to Terms with the Henrietta Lacks Act

Commentary: Financial Toxicity in Cancer Patients: What a Tangled Web We Weave

Commentary: Cancer Disparities for People with Disabilities: Bridging the Gap

Commentary: Time for More Inclusive Cancer Trials