World Cancer Day 2022 with Bami Adenipekun

I believe that, regardless of where people live in the UK or who they are, every single person who has been diagnosed with cancer deserves equality of access, deserves access to life-saving drugs and clinical trials, and deserves to get the same quality of care, because cancer doesn't discriminate, after all.

Our Associate, Bami Adenipekun, joined Practice Solutions in 2021. Bami is a specialist in academic healthcare research and healthcare inequity. Having been impacted by cancer for over three decades, today, on World Cancer Day 2022, Bami speaks about the urgent need to improve cancer care for all, irrespective of background and location.

"As someone who has been impacted by cancer for over three decades, World Cancer Day means a lot to me. According to the Union of International Cancer Control, this year begins a three-year focus on equity, and the theme for 2022 is, 'Closing the Cancer Care Gap'.

Last year, in my health inequity work, I gave a talk asking the question, 'are all cancer patients equal?' To be honest, the answer is 'no'. When it comes to patients who are from ethnic minority backgrounds, for example, or maybe patients with secondary breast cancer, they don't get the same quality of care, and one of the reasons why this is the case is the lack of robust data.

This year, I would like to implore all statutory bodies with responsibility for data collection for us to have accurate figures for cancer incidence by ethnicity, and also the total number of people who have secondary breast cancer. This is because one of the things I believe as a researcher is that, until you have robust data, you cannot properly address an issue.

I want to ensure that this year, we do something about bridging this data gap so that we can tackle the inequities that exisit in diagnosis, in prognosis and in outcomes. I believe that, regardless of where people live in the UK or who they are, every single person who has been diagnosed with cancer deserves equality of access, deserves access to life-saving drugs and clinical trials, and deserves to get the same quality of care, because cancer doesn't discriminate after all."

Watch Bami's video for World Cancer Day 2022 on our YouTube channel, below: 

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