Toward the Elimination of Cancer Disparities

Medical and Health Perspectives

  • Howard K.┬áKoh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dimensions of Cancer Disparities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nancy Krieger, Karen M. Emmons, David Williams
      Pages 3-28
    3. Barbara D. Powe, Ahmedin Jemal, Dexter Cooper, Lokie Harmond
      Pages 29-48
    4. Alexandra E. Shields, Stephanie M. Fullerton, Kenneth Olden
      Pages 49-82
  3. Specific Challenges in Cancer Disparities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Howard K. Koh, Loris Elqura, Sarah Massin Short
      Pages 109-135
    3. Sherrie Flynt Wallington, Otis W. Brawley, Michelle D. Holmes
      Pages 137-160
    4. Eric C. Schneider
      Pages 161-178
    5. Otis W. Brawley, Sherrie Flynt Wallington
      Pages 179-202
    6. Marcela del Carmen, Teresa Diaz-Montez
      Pages 203-225
    7. Christopher A. Aoki, Alan Geller, Moon S. Chen
      Pages 227-256
  4. Some Avenues to Address Cancer Disparities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Deborah Klein Walker, Christine M. Judge
      Pages 259-276
    3. Barbara Gottlieb
      Pages 317-357
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 359-381

About this book


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).


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