Giving Compass' Take:

• Diane Mapes explains how breast cancer impacts underserved communities and how support and education can help to close gaps. 

• How can funders work to identify and serve communities in need? 

• Learn how to fund cancer research

Cancers often hit underserved populations the hardest. These people don’t suffer and die solely because of a cancer diagnosis, but because they also lack money or health insurance or access to good care. They may live in medical deserts or lack the ability to speak English. They may be mired in misinformation or cultural or racial bias.

As a result, people of color and other underserved groups don’t get screened as often, so their cancers are detected at later stages when they’re more difficult to treat. They don’t know about or participate in clinical trials so aren’t able to benefit from new protocols or cutting-edge therapies.

Here, she and Cierra Sister Sandra Evans talk about their experiences as patients of color and how they’ve used those experiences to better inform fellow cancer patients, oncologists, and researchers.

Read the full article by Diane Mapes about breast cancer support on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.