Cancer Health Disparities

  • B. Lee GreenEmail author
  • Jenna L. Davis
  • Desiree Rivers
  • Kyrel L. Buchanan
  • Kosj Yamoah


Despite great improvements in the health and health outcomes of the overall US population, certain subgroups do not experience these same improvements and thus have disproportionate health outcomes compared to other groups. This phenomenon is known as health disparities. Disparities in cancer and cancer-related outcomes are also experienced by these various groups. This chapter discusses the disparities among five specific cancer sites (female breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, and lung cancers), outlines potential causes of these cancer health disparities, and highlights effective strategies for reducing and eliminating them.


Cancer Health disparities Social determinants Health equity Race Ethnicity Access to care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Lee Green
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jenna L. Davis
    • 2
  • Desiree Rivers
    • 3
  • Kyrel L. Buchanan
    • 4
  • Kosj Yamoah
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Health Outcomes and BehaviorMoffitt Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications, Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA
  2. 2.Moffitt Diversity, Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Community Health and Preventive MedicineCancer Health Equity Institute, Morehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Sanoa Consulting LLCMuscle ShoalsUSA
  5. 5.Department of Radiation OncologyCancer Epidemiology, Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA

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