Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 21, Issue 12, pp 2015–2021

Progress in addressing disparities through comprehensive cancer control

  • Armin D. Weinberg
  • Pamela M. Jackson
  • Christine A. DeCourtney
  • Kym Cravatt
  • Joanne Ogo
  • Marta M. Sanchez
  • Guillermo Tortolero-Luna
  • Rochelle L. Rollins
Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10552-010-9649-8

Cite this article as:
Weinberg, A.D., Jackson, P.M., DeCourtney, C.A. et al. Cancer Causes Control (2010) 21: 2015. doi:10.1007/s10552-010-9649-8

Abstract

Cancer-related disparities are the significant differences in cancer incidence, cancer prevalence, cancer death, cancer survivorship, and burden of cancer or related health conditions that exist disproportionately in certain populations compared with the general population with respect to variables like race, ethnicity, and geography. The emergence of comprehensive cancer control efforts provides a framework to address the unequal disease burden felt by these groups. This article illustrates four distinct programs uniquely designed to fit at-risk populations. Specific examples are given that demonstrate a significant impact on the full range of the cancer care continuum. Although measureable progress has been made to improve prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer throughout the United States, many populations remain underserved, impeding our ability to achieve national healthcare goals. Here, we reemphasize the need to sustain this progress through use of partnerships, technology, and policy.

Keywords

Cancer-related disparitiesHealth disparities in cancerComprehensive cancer control

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Armin D. Weinberg
    • 1
  • Pamela M. Jackson
    • 1
  • Christine A. DeCourtney
    • 2
  • Kym Cravatt
    • 3
  • Joanne Ogo
    • 4
  • Marta M. Sanchez
    • 5
  • Guillermo Tortolero-Luna
    • 5
  • Rochelle L. Rollins
    • 6
  1. 1.Intercultural Cancer Council/Baylor College of MedicineChronic Disease Prevention and Control CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Alaska Native Tribal Health ConsortiumAnchorageUSA
  3. 3.Cherokee Nation Health ServiceCherokeeUSA
  4. 4.Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Comprehensive Cancer Control ProgramSaipanUSA
  5. 5.University of Puerto RicoSan JuanUSA
  6. 6.DHHS Office of Minority HealthWashingtonUSA