American Association for Cancer Research

Cancer Health Disparities

One of the purposes of Minorities in Cancer Research is to address the disparities in cancer incidence and mortality faced by minorities and the medically underserved. Below you will find information about the AACR and MICR's involvement in this crucial area of research.


Twitter Chat on Breast Cancer Disparities, co-hosted by American Association for Cancer Research and Susan G. Komen
Monday, October 7, 2013
Leading breast cancer researcher Christopher Li, M.D., Ph.D., tweeted on behalf of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Review the conversation on Twitter: #BCDisparities

AACR Special Conferences

Sixth Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved
December 6-9, 2013 • Atlanta, GA
Chairpersons: John D. Carpten, Christopher I. Li, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

This conference was inaugurated in 2007 and was a landmark event on the path to understanding and, ultimately, eliminating the disparities in cancer that represent a major public health problem in our country. By promoting the exchange of novel ideas and information among a wide range of professionals and laity, from academia, industry, government and the community, the conference was able to harness the potential and maximize the many opportunities for bringing research on health disparities from bench to bedside or community, and back again.

AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series

The AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series (DLS) is a new MICR-organized program funded by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The DLS brings together leading researchers to provide free talks at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in order to inspire young minority students and MSI educators to pursue cancer research. Please check our website to see the latest schedule of talks.

AACR Scientific Achievement Award

The AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, recognizes an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer health disparities.

The recipient of the award receives a $5,000 honorarium and presents a 45-minute lecture at the AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.

AACR Scientific Sessions

The AACR has demonstrated longstanding support of cancer health disparities by including this research area in its scientific sessions throughout the Association's Annual Meeting:
  • 2012 MICR Scientific Symposium: "Influence of Energy Balance and Obesity on Cancer Disparities"
  • 2012 MICR Forum: "Building Effective Research Teams and Collaborations to Address Cancer Health Disparities"
  • 2012 MICR Scientific Symposium: "Can Advancing our Understanding of the Human Genome Reduce Breast Cancer Health Disparities?"

AACR Publications

The AACR publishes seven highly-cited journals and a magazine, Cancer Today (formerly CR magazine). Cancer health disparities has been a featured topic in articles and podcasts from these publications. See below for recent news:


For more information about cancer health disparities among minority populations, visit the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD). Grants and Funding Opportunities:

NCI Cancer Disparities Research: Sharing Ideas, Forging Partnerships
by Dr. Sanya A. Springfield, Director of NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)
NCI Cancer Bulletin • July 12, 2011

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  • The National Cancer Institute announces the launch of the Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc). The calculator--statistical software that generates multiple summary measures for evaluating and monitoring health disparities--can be used either as an extension of SEER*Stat, which allows users to import Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data or on its own with other population-based health data, such as from the National Health Interview Survey, California Health Interview Survey, Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey, and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The intended audience for HD*Calc includes anyone interested in health and cancer-related disparities, as well as those interested in learning about summary measures of health disparities.