Special collection: Racial and ethnic disparities in cancer in the US

Although cancer incidence and mortality overall are declining in all population groups in the United States, some groups continue to be at increased risk of developing or dying from certain cancers. Population groups that may experience cancer disparities include those defined by race/ethnicity, social class/income level, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic location, and/or other characteristics. For example, despite having similar rates of breast cancer, Black/African-American women are more likely than White women to die of the disease. Black/African-American men are twice as likely as White men to die of prostate cancer and also continue to have the highest prostate cancer mortality among all US population groups. The incidence rates of colorectal, lung, and cervical cancer are much higher in rural Appalachia than in the urban areas in that region. It would seem that certain groups bear a disproportionate burden of cancer, but we are encouraged by the fact that this inequity is slowly improving. Here we present a series of articles illustrating the current disparities in cancer incidence and mortality and suggesting what can be done to relieve these inequities.

To view the articles in this special collection, see here.