Why Research on Cancer Health Disparities Is Critical to Progress against the Disease
Although there has been substantial progress in cancer treatment, screening, diagnosis, and prevention over the past several decades, addressing cancer health disparities—such as higher cancer death rates, less frequent use of proven screening tests, and higher rates of advanced cancer diagnoses—in certain populations is an area in which progress has not kept pace.
These disparities are frequently seen in people from low-socioeconomic groups, certain racial/ethnic populations, and those who live in geographically isolated areas.
Documented cancer health disparities include:
- a higher incidence of a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer (the triple-negative subtype) among African American women than women of other racial/ethnic groups
- substantially higher rates of prostate cancer incidence and death among African American men than men of other racial/ethnic groups
- higher rates of kidney cancer among American Indian and Alaska Natives than other racial/ethnic groups