Cancer Disparities - Cancer Currents Blog
News and commentaries about cancer-related racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities. Includes stories on factors that influence disparities and efforts to address them.
- Multipronged Approach Eliminates Racial Disparities in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Treatment
Use of a multipronged approach within hospitals, including community centers, not only eliminated treatment disparities among black and white patients with early-stage lung cancer, it also improved treatment rates for all patients, results from a new study show.
- African American Men More Likely to Die from Low-Grade Prostate Cancer
For African American men, the risk of dying from low-grade prostate cancer is double that of men of other races, a new study has found. But, despite the increase, the risk is still small.
- Eight Factors May Link Disparities in Cancer Death Rates and Income
Eight factors may explain more than 80% of the relationship between poverty and disparities in cancer death rates at the county level, according to a new study. The largest mediator was a surprise to the researchers.
- Cancer Control in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: A Conversation with Dr. Shobha Srinivasan
American Indian and Alaska Native populations are disproportionately affected by certain cancers. In this interview, Dr. Shobha Srinivasan discusses some of these disparities and programs funded by NCI that are helping to address them.
- Study Finds Biological Differences in Lung Tumors of African Americans and Whites
Patterns of gene expression may be different in the tumors of some African Americans than in those of whites, a new study has found, and these biological differences may contribute to racial disparities in lung cancer.
- Endometrial Cancer Incidence Rising in the US and Worldwide
Diagnoses of endometrial cancer have increased worldwide in recent years, with rates rising in more than half of the 43 countries studied during the decade ending around 2010, a team of international researchers has shown.
- NCI's CURE Program—21 Years of Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce
NCI’s CURE program recently celebrated its 21st anniversary of providing training and other support to improve the diversity of people involved in cancer research and care.
- Improving Cancer Control in Rural Communities: Next Steps
Studies continue to show disparities in cancer outcomes for people who live in rural parts of the United States. NCI’s Dr. Robert Croyle explains how the institute is working with multiple partners to better understand and address these disparities.
- Genomic Study Seeks Clues to Help Explain Breast Cancer Disparities
Using one of the largest collections of tumor samples from African Americans with breast cancer, researchers tried to assess the extent to which the molecular characteristics on these tumors might help to explain breast cancer disparities.
- U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Falling, But Some Regions Left Behind, Study Finds
A study of nationwide mortality data found that, while cancer deaths in the U.S. dropped between 1980 and 2014, disparities persisted, and in 160 counties cancer mortality rose substantially.
- Prescription Subsidies Reduce Breast Cancer Treatment Disparities
A new study has found that subsidies for prescription drugs can improve the use of adjuvant therapy in women with early-stage breast cancer and help reduce disparities in the use of these proven treatments among black and Hispanic women.
- Survival Disparities Identified in Young African Americans with Colorectal Cancer
African Americans younger than age 50 had significantly worse 5-year survival rates at every stage of disease compared with young white and Hispanic patients, a new study shows.
- Improving Cancer Control in Rural Communities: An Interview with Dr. Robert Croyle
NCI’s Dr. Robert Croyle discusses some of the issues related to cancer control faced by rural communities and how NCI is approaching this important problem.
- Low Income Is a Barrier to Clinical Trial Enrollment, Study Suggests
A new study has found that patients with annual household incomes below $50,000 were less likely to participate in a cancer clinical trial than those with higher incomes.
- Study Finds Storytelling Helps Overcome Cervical Cancer Screening Disparities
Using a storytelling approach to educate women about cervical cancer screening eliminated disparities in attitudes toward screening and behavior, according to a new study.