To empower Philadelphians to reduce cancer disparities through community engagement, resource alignment, information sharing, research, and prevention.

Our Mission

To listen to and engage and empower communities, organizations, and individuals to reduce cancer disparities by aligning resources, sharing information, inspiring research, and reducing barriers to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer for all Philadelphians.


Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Philadelphia; in 2018, 7,763 residents were diagnosed with cancer and 2,947 died of their disease. For almost every major cancer, incidence and mortality rates for Philadelphians are higher than state or national rates.

Our Core Team

Community Partners

Philadelphia aims to conquer cancer for all by uniting communities, sharing knowledge, fueling research, and breaking down barriers to prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Academic Partners

There are three NCI-designated clinical or comprehensive cancer centers in Philadelphia, spread across the city in different neighborhoods.

Our Programs

Listening Sessions

Everyone deserves the same access to quality healthcare, regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s why we make a special effort to reach populations and neighborhoods that experience health disparities. 

Training Program

We partner with diverse community organizations to address the community’s needs and interests. Together, we help people learn how to lead healthier lives and lower their risk of cancer.


Cancer Screening

This collaboration aims to make it easier for our communities to receive the preventative care needed to ensure early detection

Patient & Family Support

Focused on reducing the cancer burden, treating cancer patients, and improving quality of life for cancer survivors

Clinical Trials

Engage community members in patient centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research

Why we do this work

Find useful neighborhood reports, maps, and other data to help your community

City-Wide Cancer Disparities Conference

June 15, 2023

Health systems, cancer centers, stakeholders, and community members discussed concerns about cancer in Philadelphia and charted a path forward to reduce disparities in our city.


Coming Soon

Philadelphia Communities Conquering Cancer

This project was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EACB 24847).

Disclaimer: The statements presented in this publication are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®), its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.