Study reveals serious cancer research gaps for Black Canadians – CBC

No data on how 20 most common cancers in Canada affect Black people

Feb 07, 2023

In a new study, the University of Ottawa’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health (ICBH) has discovered “large gaps in research” on how common types of cancer affect Black people in Canada.

After conducting a meta-analysis of medical literature and the 20 most common types of cancer in Canada, the researchers behind the study found no data related to Black people.

“What we found is … a real gap when we compared [cancer] research within Black communities and research within other communities,” said Jude Mary Cénat, an associate professor at the university’s school of psychology and ICBH director.

The study focused on different types of cancer including breast, cervical, colorectal, gastric, lung and prostate cancers among Black people. The researchers looked for data on incidence, stage of cancer at diagnosis, type of care received and other factors.

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