BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A grant totaling $399,924 will help Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore fund improved cancer treatment options for Black patients in the area.

Researchers say they will use the money on a two-year project focused on Black women with Gynecologic Cancer.

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This expands on a similar project in 2017, which was aimed at addressing disproportionate challenges to Black communities like access to housing, transportation and food.

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“Cancer is a disease that affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally,” said American Cancer Society spokeswoman Vivienne Stearns-Elliott in a press release. “Blacks experience more illness, worse outcomes, and premature death compared to whites in the United States.”

The ACS is collaborating with Pfizer Global Medical Grants, which awarded $3,000,000 nationally for similar projects.

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Each recipient will pursue a variety of efforts from cancer screening to support in cancer survivorship for Black men and women.

CBS Baltimore Staff