South Texas Listening Session: UT Health Mays Cancer Center & NAACP-SA

According to the CDC, “Compared to members of other races, Black and African American people have higher rates of getting and dying from many kinds of cancer.” Addressing cancer inequities among different racial and ethnic groups remains a critical public health priority, requiring collaborative efforts from healthcare providers, policymakers, community leaders, and advocacy organizations to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities for optimal cancer prevention, treatment, and outcomes. Our Health Committee collaborated with UT Health Mays Center to host the inaugural Eastside Listening Session on Cancer, which took place on February 17, 2024, at the Fellowship Hall of Second Baptist Church! The Mays Cancer Center holds the distinction of being one of only four NCI-designated cancer centers in Texas and the sole one in South Texas. These NCI-designated centers are recognized for their exceptional standards in cancer care, prevention, and research. Their designation ensures access to comprehensive, multidisciplinary care, participation in cutting-edge clinical trials, precise treatment options, and a strong emphasis on preventive measures. We extend our gratitude to everyone who attended and actively contributed to this crucial dialogue.

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