According to the National Cancer Institute, racial or ethnic minority groups are at increased risk of developing or dying from certain kinds of cancer. The statistics are striking and sad — Black Americans are more likely to develop and die from cancer than persons of any other racial or ethnic group.

Hospitals throughout North Carolina feel strongly that everybody should have the opportunity to prevent, find and get treated for cancer. We’ve shared stories of how hospitals are addressing racism and improving disparities within their communities. Here, we share five stories of patients positively affected by care tailored to their needs.