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About the Program

Black Americans are at higher risk for cancer than other racial or ethnic groups in the U.S. Did you know, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in black men and women? And sadly, more than one in three will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.  A very unfortunate statistic, but we can do something about this preventable disease. 

The Black Outreach Subcommittee for Screening, Access, and Advocacy Taskforce (BOSS) is an affinity group of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. The task force is a critical support tactic in achieving our mission goals by addressing the disparate impact of colorectal cancer in the Black community, increasing awareness, and improving access to screening & supportive solutions for patients, families, caregivers, and survivors during and after diagnosis. 

With your help in this purposeful work, we will end this disease in our lifetime.

Why Do Disparities Exist?

Disparities in colorectal screenings within the Black community exist for a few reasons.

American Cancer Society reported that “40 percent of the racial disparity in colon cancer survival is due to the combined effects of the later stage at diagnosis, more unfavorable tumor characteristics, and more comorbidities among black patients” (Lai et al, 2016).

Additional reasons include: 

  • Differences in access to early detection and receipt of timely, high-quality treatment.
  • Systemic racism reduces access to care and contributes to mistrust of the healthcare system.
  • Implicit bias among healthcare workers that affect providers’ understanding, actions, and decisions impacting delivery of preventive care and treatment.
  • Comorbidities that are more prevalent among this population.
  • Modifiable factors that disproportionately affect Black communities and increase risk for CRC.

Our Members Truly Define a ‘BOSS’

BOSS members are passionate about raising awareness of colorectal cancer in the Black community and supporting the Alliance through outreach. The Alliance offers BOSS members the opportunity to engage in local, regional, and national events, in addition to leadership opportunities.

How to Get Involved

BOSS is a collaborative taskforce where members are committed to the BOSS mission.  Membership for BOSS is open to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or disability.  Membership is for all who share our commitment to addressing and improving access to screening and supportive solutions for those in the Black communities.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Angela King at aking@ccalliance.org.

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