|Deep South Network for Cancer Control|
Cancer is not an equal-opportunity disease. Cancer rates are 10 percent higher among African-Americans than Caucasians, and death rates are twice as high. While the cause of these statistics is still unknown, many minorities must face this great burden without the resources they need.
To meet the needs of the African-American community, leading universities and national health organizations have come together to form the Deep South Network for Cancer Control (DSN) at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The purpose of the DSN is to build on an established community and institutional capacity in order to eliminate cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training and research. The goals of the DSN are to improve access to and utilization of proven beneficial cancer interventions.
DSN targets two underserved rural areas - the Black Belt of Alabama and the Delta of Mississippi - and two urban underserved areas - Jefferson County, Alabama, and Hattiesburg/Laurel Metro, Mississippi. This project focuses on breast, cervical and colon cancers.
The DSN project is one of 25 Cancer Network Programs funded by the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.
A National Cancer Institute Funded Program of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant No-U01 CA 1146190.