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Let’s get critical: bringing Critical Race Theory into cancer research

Critical Race Theory has its origins outside of scientific research but has applications in the conduct of cancer research. This Comment outlines the important historical and contemporary place Critical Race Theory has in the cancer research enterprise inclusive of basic, clinical, translational and population health sciences.

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Fig. 1: Adaptation of the Public Health Critical Race Praxis for cancer research.


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Roberson, M.L. Let’s get critical: bringing Critical Race Theory into cancer research. Nat Rev Cancer 22, 255–256 (2022).

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