Racial Disparities: A Cancer Fact Sheet

The Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System has released a new fact sheet about racial and ethnic cancer disparities in Wisconsin. The fact sheet draws from incidence and mortality statistics from 2009-2013, for all cancers and for the four most common cancer sites (lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate). Four major racial groups are included (African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and White), as well as ethnicity (Hispanic/Latino).   People of color, overall, experience a higher incidence of cancer and higher mortality. The Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System notes, “racial/ethnic disparities stem from a complex interplay of economics, education, social factors, and access to health care.”   For strategies and action steps in the WI CCC Plan:Priority 7: Increase use of recommended cancer screenings Priority 9: Increase access to quality cancer care and servicesCross Cutting Issues: Health Disparities

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