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Oncology (Williston Park). 2007 Apr;21(4):493-6; discussion 499, 503, 506.

Disparities in cancer care: challenges and solutions.

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Cleveland Clinic, Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA.


With regard to cancer management, minority populations do not fare as well as the majority in the U.S. health-care system. There is clear evidence of an increased incidence of cancer in minority populations, in many cases accompanied by reduced survival. Several factors appear to contribute to these differences, and the biomedical community has begun to focus on definining the scope of the problem and possible solutions. This review will address specific areas of disparity in cancer care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes, and will consider steps toward resolving these issues.

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