Work and Occupation: Important Indicators of Socioeconomic Position and Life Experiences Influencing Cancer Disparities

  • Glorian Sorensen
  • Grace Sembajwe
  • Amy Harley
  • Lisa Quintiliani

A growing literature documents persistent disparities by socioeconomic position (SEP) and race/ethnicity across the cancer control continuum, with higher risk and worse outcomes observed for lower socioeconomic groups and those representing some ethnic/racial minorities (Institute of Medicine 1999, Lantz et al. 1998, Levy et al. 2006, Schwartz et al. 2003, Sorensen et al. 1995). These disparities are evident for cancer risk-related behaviors, including tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; risk factors such as overweight and obesity; cancer screening for early detection; diagnosis and treatment; and quality of life associated with survivorship and treatment at the end of life (Christian et al. 2006, Institute of Medicine 1999, 2003, Sequist and Schneider 2006); as well as for morbidity and mortality rates (Bouchardy et al. 2002, Melchior et al. 2007, Menvielle et al.


Psychosocial Work Environment Worksite Health Promotion World Cancer Research Fund Worksite Health Promotion Program Cancer Control Continuum 
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This work has been funded in part by the National Cancer Institute (1K05 CA108663 and 2R25 057711) and through the support of a grant from Liberty Mutual, Inc.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glorian Sorensen
    • 1
  • Grace Sembajwe
    • 1
  • Amy Harley
    • 1
  • Lisa Quintiliani
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development and HealthDana-Farber Cancer Institute, Center for Community-Based ResearchBostonUSA

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