SPRINGFIELD – To promote and highlight the University of Illinois Cancer Center, State Senator Lakesia Collins passed a resolution to honor the dedication of UICC as an accredited National Cancer Institute in Illinois.

“The researchers and employees at UICC work day and night to continue their progress on combating cancer, and it is my honor to recognize their efforts toward accreditation,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “UICC is now recognized as one of the three institutions in the state that are NCI-designated cancer centers, which will help increase access to quality cancer care in Illinois.”

Senate Resolution 727 recognizes the University of Illinois Cancer Center and its strides toward reduced inequalities in cancer outcomes as well as scientific solutions for equitable outcomes in cancer care.

Illinois has the sixth highest cancer mortality in the country and is among the top states with the largest socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and geographic disparities in cancer diagnosis, mortality and outcomes in the nation. UICC is uniquely positioned to address cancer equity through their outreach, practice and science, given its focus on minority and low-income participant representation throughout studies and treatments.

“UICC is home to many talented professionals who serve our communities and provide patients with the care they need during some of the hardest times in their lives,” Collins said. “I am proud to recognize their efforts with this resolution, and look forward to how this accreditation will help them improve their ability to provide care to residents.”

Senate Resolution 727 was adopted by the Senate on Thursday, April 18.