HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Underserved US minorities face 'unequal burden of cancer' that must be corrected

Barriers to healthy lifestyles, early detection services and good medical care are contributing to higher cancer incidence and mortality rates for African Americans and other medically underserved minorities in this country, when compared with white U.S. citizens.

As a result, the War on Cancer declared about three decades ago by President Nixon -- cannot be won until this "unequal burden of cancer" is corrected, according to reports by a panel of cancer clinicians and public health officials in the March issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

"In our efforts to reduce disparities, we must identify and remove all of the barriers that prevent the benefits of research from reaching all of the people," wrote Harold P. Freeman, M.D., director of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in New York City and director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the National Cancer Institute.

"These barriers are a major cause of health disparities," he added. "This is a national issue, a policy issue." Added Frederick P. Li, M.D., of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston who assembled the panel for an October 2001: "The burden of cancer is not equally distributed within the U.S. population, but differs by race, ethnicity and, other demographic characteristics."

"Clearly, it is essential that we address this disparity and work to ensure that all Americans have equal access and quality cancer care."

Statistics tell part of the story, particularly for African Americans:

African Americans are 30 percent more likely to die from cancer than white Americans. In 2003, an estimated 132,700 new cancers will be diagnosed among African Americans and 63,100 deaths will be recorded. In 1992-1999, overall age-adjusted U.S. incidence rates for all cancers combined (per 1 million population) were 527 for African Americans and 480 fo
'"/>

Contact: Warren Froelich
froelich@aacr.org
215-440-9300
American Association for Cancer Research
25-Mar-2003


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. White House lauds Physiological Society for mentoring underrepresented minorities in biomedicine
2. Study: overweight more common among early-maturing girls, especially minorities
3. Improved nutrition could reduce malaria burden worldwide
4. Obesity in Costa Rican children alarming, likely future health burden
5. Studies offer data on potential impact of Reminyl on caregiver burden in Alzheimers disease
6. Scientists find drastic underestimations of malaria morbidity, mortality, and economic burden
7. Environmental health burdens of poor Asian, Native American, African American and Hispanic communities featured at special session of Soc. of Tox.
8. Distinctive genetic program guides breast cancers deadly spread
9. Scientists find protein that controls prostate cancers spread
10. U-M scientists find cancers genetic core: 67 genes universally activated in human cancer
11. U-M scientists reveal prostate cancers molecular fingerprint. Study links proteins to patient prognosis.

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/6/2017)... April 6, 2017 Forecasts by ... Document Readers, by End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government & ... Gas & Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, ... Are you looking for a definitive report ... ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... -- Today HYPR Corp. , leading innovator in ... the HYPR platform is officially FIDO® Certified . ... that empowers biometric authentication across Fortune 500 enterprises and ... 15 million users across the financial services industry, however ... suites and physical access represent a growing portion of ...
(Date:4/4/2017)... NEW YORK , April 4, 2017   ... solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and ... The patent broadly covers the linking of an iris ... the same transaction) and represents the company,s 45 th ... our latest patent is very timely given the multi-modal ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... DuPont Pioneer and recently formed ... entered into a multiyear collaboration to identify and characterize novel CRISPR-Cas nucleases. The ... gene editing across all applications. , Under the terms of the agreement, Pioneer ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... At its national board meeting ... I. Sheikh, the co-founder, CEO and chief research scientist of Minnesota-based Advanced Space ... membership in ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame . ASTER Labs is a ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... a leading provider of patient support solutions, has announced the ... which will launch this week. The VMS CNEs will address ... enhance the patient care experience by delivering peer-to-peer education programs ... to help women who have been diagnosed and are being ... ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events company, Lajollacooks4u, has unveiled a ... new look is part of a transformation to increase awareness, appeal to new markets ... It will also expand its service offering from its signature gourmet cooking classes and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: