The dramatic arrival and proliferation of COVID19 has been deeply educational. Acting as the key to Pandora’s Box, the novel coronavirus has exposed a host of systemic gaps and shortcomings in our healthcare system toward race, gender, age, socioeconomic status and accessibility. The pandemic has monopolized many healthcare resources, which has come at a significant cost to those affected by cancer. From early cancer screenings to post-treatment support, all aspects of the cancer journey are impacted.
We investigate these dramatic shifts in the pages of this new issue. Our cover story, “The Invisible Man,” offers a relevant perspective on how our society has viewed men with cancer in general (Hint: it hasn’t). Relative to women, men with cancer are statistically underdiagnosed and undertreated, and they are far likelier to die of the disease. Transparency and true, unyielding dedication to change is the only path forward. We are living in a data-driven world. Let’s put all of the numbers on the table and use them to proactively address human ills now. This is an opportunity to empathize with segments of our population that are often underserved—the elderly, the voiceless, the systematically oppressed.
I am delighted to share with you a spectacular range of inspired content from thought leaders and proactive voices in the cancer space who, both directly and indirectly, are forging new paths and solving novel and constantly evolving problems. In this sensitive time, let’s come together in solidarity and pave our paths with health and wellness.