The societal burden of cancer is one of the major public health challenges of our time, yet that burden is not equally shared by all. Troubling disparities have been documented not only by racial/ethnic group but also by social class, insurance status, geography, and a host of other factors. Furthermore, such disparities represent the end result of a constellation of forces stemming from both within the health care system and outside of it. Many currently existing cancer disparities are preventable.
To date, few publications capture the breadth and depth of the dimensions of cancer disparities from both the clinical and public health perspective. This volume broadens concepts of disparities beyond traditional race/ethnicity discussions to explore a more systematic analysis of how, where, and why disparities occur across the cancer continuum.We will also analyze the issue of social disparities with respect to certain major cancers, with emphasis on the particular role of socioeconomic position.
This volume reflects the work of a number of experts in cancer disparities, led by members of the Executive Committee of the Program-in-Development for the Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center. In particular, this volume updates and expands an earlier 2005 monograph on the topic published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control (Nancy Krieger PhD, Editor).
Written for: Those working in the cancer, from basic researchers
to clinicians, and public health professionals as well as the educated general
public. This book could also be used in courses such as Cancer Epidemiology,
Health Disparities, Cancer Prevention and Control, Health Policy.
Table of contents
Cancer Disparities: Definitions, Methodology and Conceptual Frameworks.- Cancer Disparities: Data systems, Sources and Interpretation.- Genomics and Cancer Disparities.- Viewing Cancer Disparities from within and outside of the Health Care System.- Poverty and Socioeconomic Position: A Major Driver of Cancer Disparities.- Obesity and Cancer Disparities.- Lung Cancer and Tobacco Addiction.- Disparities and Breast Cancer.- Disparities and Colorectal Cancer.- Disparities and Prostate Cancer.- Cervical Cancer.- Other Cancers, including Melanoma and Primary Hepatocellular Carcinoma.- Policy and Advocacy.- Health Communication and Dissemination.- Community–Based Approaches.