University of Maryland Capital Region Health in the US has hosted the groundbreaking celebration for a new Regional Cancer Center in Prince George’s County.

Slated for opening in 2024, the centre will be located at the site of the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Largo.

It will offer comprehensive cancer care services, initially focused on breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers.

UM Capital Region Health president and CEO Nathaniel Richardson Jr said: “In a County that has the highest percentage of cancer incidences and mortalities amongst African-Americans, it is critically important to have resources that encourages conversations about cancer— early detection and intervention.

“Improving the health and wellbeing of residents in our Prince George’s County is a step in the right direction, and for the first time we will be expanding the reach of life-saving clinical trials and partnering with our colleagues at The University of Maryland School of Medicine , which is exciting.”

By offering better access to cancer screenings that lead to earlier detection and diagnosis, the new Regional Cancer Center aims to reduce the cancer disease burden in the local community.

Maryland is providing $67m to fund the construction of the new cancer center.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said: “With the completion of this new cancer center, the neighborhoods where I grew up and spent much of my life—Landover, Capitol Heights, Largo, Upper Marlboro, and all of Prince George’s County—will be able to receive the high-quality cancer treatment and medical care that they deserve right here, where they will have access to some of the best doctors, nurses, and health care professionals in the world.”