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:
(Date:4/17/2014)... in bone marrow need to produce hydrogen sulfide in ... to a new study from the Center for Craniofacial ... of USC. , Professor Songtao Shi, principal investigator on ... by the cells governs the flow of calcium ions. ... that results in osteogenesis, or the creation of new ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon ... forests, contributing to rapid and widespread forest loss ... researchers., The findings show that forests in the ... droughts coupled with forest fires lead to large-scale ... Jennifer Balch, assistant professor of geography, Penn State. ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... -- Indiana University researchers have detected new early-warning signs ... This discovery could have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis ... of over 25 million Americans. , "We had not ... at such early stages," said Ann Elsner, professor and ... lead author of the study. "We set out to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Drought and fire in the Amazon lead to sharp increases in forest tree mortality 2Drought and fire in the Amazon lead to sharp increases in forest tree mortality 3New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage 2New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... Automotive, a group of car dealerships headquartered in ... Center and offering free oil change coupons for participation in ... 18 at the Bill Jacobs Cadillac and Chevrolet location from ... )  The Bill Jacobs Auto annual blood ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... SAN JOSE, California , January 15, 2014 ... for cancer, today announced the appointment of Thomas C Reynolds ... over 20 years, development experience gained in the biotechnology industry, ... "I am delighted to welcome Tom at this transformative ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 Two champions ... continued their sponsorship of an annual competition for middle ... and access to, innovative STEM study. The competition presents ... TEAMS: Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Sciences ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... AudioNotch is the internet's leading provider ... treatment of tinnitus. Patients listen to sound therapy that ... period of weeks to months, their tinnitus volume decreases. , ... Notched Music and Notched White Noise. Now, AudioNotch is pleased ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Join the Bill Jacobs Auto blood drive and receive a free oil change 2Oxford BioTherapeutics Appoints Thomas C Reynolds MD, PhD to its Board of Directors 2Oxford BioTherapeutics Appoints Thomas C Reynolds MD, PhD to its Board of Directors 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 2Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 5
Cached News: