Taking Action to Close Gaps in Cancer Screening
Cancer screening has the potential to save lives and reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, communities, and the nation. While many in the United States benefit from cancer screening, too many are left behind, resulting in unnecessary suffering and death. Strategies and tools needed to address the current gaps in cancer screening and follow-up care after an abnormal screening test result are available, but they must be innovatively and collaboratively applied to equitably reach all populations. In this report, the Panel identifies four critical goals for connecting people, communities, and systems to improve equity and access in cancer screening (Figure 2). Implementation of the Panel's recommendations will improve communication, facilitate equitable access, promote team-based care, and harness technology to support patients and providers.