Cancer Disparities

What is it?

Cancer Disparities are defined as the differences in the incidence, mortality, and burden of cancer that exist among specific underserved populations.
  • African American men have far higher death rates from prostate cancer than any other racial or ethnic group
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives continue to have the poorest survival from “all cancers combined” than any other racial group
  • Hispanics experience the second highest invasive cervical cancer incidence rates, after Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese men have the highest rate of liver cancer for all racial/ethnic groups
  • Cancer among African Americans is more frequently diagnosed after the cancer has metastasized and spread to regional or distant sites
  • Access to healthcare is a problem for American Indians and Alaskan Natives, who are second only to Hispanics in lacking health insurance
  • Cancer has been the number one killer of Asian American women since 1980