Determinants of Cancer Disparities in Relation to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome
Presented by Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR)
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Washington Convention Center, Room 102
Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.
University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center., Miami, FL
Duane T. Smoot, M.D.
Howard University, Washington, DC
A variety of factors may contribute to widely disparate outcomes in relation to cancer diagnosis and treatment, resulting in differences in morbidity and mortality that selectively and adversely affect segments of the population. This session will seek to address the diversity of factors which can lead to these disparities. An example of the complex epidemiologic link between DNA repair pathways and disparities in incidence and outcomes in prostate and colon cancers will be presented. The surprisingly important role of co-morbidities in relation to outcomes in breast cancer will be presented. Finally, new approaches to study of socioeconomic variables and their relation to cancer disparities will be presented. An understanding of the complex interplay between geographic, socioeconomic, and biologic factors in relation to cancer disparities may lead to interventions that will translate into a reduction in cancer related morbidity and mortality.
Joseph D. Rosenblatt, University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, FL
Determinants of cancer disparities: Barriers to cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment
Kenneth C. Chu, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI, Bethesda, MD
*DNA repair pathways: Genetic determinants of disparities in prostate and colon cancer
Jennifer J. Hu, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Comorbidity as a factor in genesis of disparities
C. Martin Tammemagi, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
*Using area-based socioeconomic measures to study social disparities in cancer
Nancy Krieger, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
*Abstracts for these presentations are located in the 97th AACR Annual Meeting Proceedings which are availble in print, on CD, and online (most current).