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Cancer Disparities

One of the tragic realities about who cancer strikes in South Carolina, and how often, is this:

African-Americans make up 30 percent  of the state’s population, but their cancer rate is nearly twice that of Caucasians –- and they are more likely to die from the disease.

Learn more about cancer disparity statistics in South Carolina.

The underlying cause of this disparity is largely unknown. But the Hollings Cancer Center has emerged as a leader in trying to eliminate the gap through leading-edge basic and clinical research, multi-disciplined patient care approaches, and an unwavering focus on community screening and awareness programs.

The Hollings Cancer Center Cancer Disparities Program, led by Dr. Marvella E. Ford, brings critical resources to those who need it them most, and its leadership advocates for policies and services that focus on the disproportionate health burden facing minority populations in our state. Program components include:

Mobile Health Unit. The Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Health Unit brings screening, prevention education, early diagnosis, and counseling to South Carolinians who live in rural coastal regions where the lack of transportation, services, and awareness is an obstacle to adequate cancer detection. Learn more about the Mobile Health Unit.

Patient Navigation. Focusing on breast and prostate cancers, this innovative program provides medically underserved men and women with seamless access to a range of essential services. Learn more about the Patient Navigation.

Cancer Disparities Advisory Board. The Hollings Cancer Center has created a panel to assist our outreach activities to underserved populations statewide. The Board helps guide our program with community-based strategies that focus on reducing cancer rates and mortality, and is a strong and visible advocate for policies that shrink the disparities in detection, diagnosis, and access to care.

in the Elimination of Disparities (SUCCEED) program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October 2007, established partnerships with the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, the Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University, and the University of North Carolina. The purpose of SUCCEED is to provide training and technical assistance to agencies and organizations throughout the region in evidence-based strategies to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among African Americans, and to evaluate study outcomes. The Black Corals Project is one of the 2008-2009 legacy grant award recipients of the SUCCEED program.

 Train the Trainer Community Education Program


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