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Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Dec;21(12):2015-21. doi: 10.1007/s10552-010-9649-8. Epub 2010 Nov 5.

Progress in addressing disparities through comprehensive cancer control.

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  • 1Intercultural Cancer Council/Baylor College of Medicine, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


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.

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