Beyond Moonshot to Curing Cancer

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Otis Brawley [19459002HegrewupindowntownDetroitBrawleyworkedinthelargestpublichospitalinAmericawherehesawdisparitiesintreatmentandcancerpreventioneveryday

Now, as Chief Medical Officer at the American Cancer Society Brawley sees health disparities from a national angle and sees unbalanced access to cancer care and prevention .

This month, President Obama promulgated the 21st Century Cures Act a bipartisan law to fund major medical breakthroughs. The Cures Act invests heavily in innovative technologies and research that – who knows? – could one day cure Alzheimer's disease and put an end to cancer.

Almost prefiguring this historic law when he spoke to Quality Talks NCQA in October, Brawley spoke of attacking the cancer head on. "It will take billions," he said, adding that it will also take a dedicated effort to educate millions of Americans on cancer prevention and expand opportunities for early detection.

The Good News

But there is good news to build on: cancer rates are falling. They peaked in 1991 and have since declined. In 2013, cancer deaths decreased by 24%. Mortality from colon cancer is down 40%, thanks to screening and improved treatment, and deaths from breast cancer have dropped by 35%. An educated population helps: the more educated you are, the less you will die of cancer.

Beyond Moonshot to Cure Cancer

But prevention, detection and treatment are not equal. Smoking, obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise all contribute to the onset of various types of cancers. Brawley knows that access to life-saving care often depends on the state in which you live, and some states come out better than others.

Otis Brawley's quality lecture takes us on a journey through the past, present and future of cancer and summarizes the simple goal of universal access to prevention, care and treatment of cancer.

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Cindy is Senior Director of Communications at NCQA. Its goal is to educate consumers through the media and public relations. Cindy is a strategist of communications and public engagement with an experience rooted in television reporting. She is also part of NCQA's creative services unit, developing messages through visual storytelling.


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