Cancer screening can save lives and reduce the burden of cancer. However, gaps in cancer screening mean too many in the United States are unnecessarily enduring aggressive treatment or dying from cancers that could have been prevented or detected at earlier, more easily treated stages. This includes disproportionate numbers of socially and economically disadvantaged populations and many at elevated risk for cancer due to inherited mutations in cancer susceptibility genes. In this report, the Panel identifies recommendations to achieve four critical goals for connecting people, communities, and systems to improve equity and access in cancer screening.
Challenges and Opportunities