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US cancer groups call for more diverse populations to be included in trials

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3655 (Published 28 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3655
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

National cancer organizations in the United States have called for a new strategy to ensure that all populations benefit from advances in cancer care regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or the communities they live in.1

“Unfortunately, cancer health disparities research has often been fraught with missing, inaccurate, or overly simplified patient-level data,” said a joint statement by the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the National Cancer Institute, published on 25 July.

It added, “The field of cancer health disparities has evolved into a complex science and an established multidisciplinary …

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