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Cancer Disparities

SKU# 9780826108821

Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions


  • American Cancer Society
  • Ronit Elk Ph.D.
  • Hope Landrine Ph.D.

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The volume sheds new light on reducing disparities by complementing currently available monographs, through the provision of solutions that are not only theoretically innovative but also empirically effective. Indeed, Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions admirably achieves two key objectives that are crucial for advances in the field: (a) providing an up-to-date overview of cancer-related disparities and (b) describing evidence-based interventional approaches to close the cancer-related disparities gap. The implicit promise is that these approaches will enable public health practitioners, cancer control workers, and community members to use or adapt them in their own communities. This volume is essential to help make that promise a reality."--PsycCRITIQUES

Cancer is not randomly distributed in the United States. Its incidence varies by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other geographic and demographic factors. This volume, co-published with the American Cancer Society, is the first to examine the biological, racial, and socioeconomic factors that influence cancer incidence and survival. In addition, it presents 15 previously unpublished, evidence-based interventions to reduce and eliminate cancer disparities.

The book explains the nature, scope, and causes of cancer disparities across different populations and then presents unique programs proven to reduce such inequalities in the areas of cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and survivorship. They represent a variety of cancers, populations, and communities across the U.S. Descriptions of each intervention include tests of effectiveness and are written in sufficient detail for readers to replicate them within their own communities.

Key Features:

  • Offers an in-depth look at the latest research behind cancer disparities
  • Written by highly respected and published cancer researchers
  • Includes 15 never-before published, evidence-based interventions that readers can replicate
  • Discusses breast, colorectal, cervical, and other pernicious cancers
  • Includes interventions for African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and other populations

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 25, 2011
  • Page Count 580
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826108821
  • EISBN 9780826108838

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Table of Contents 

  • Preface: American Cancer Society Strategies for Reducing Cancer Disparities.
    Linda Blount MPH, National Vice President, Office of Health Disparities, American Cancer Society

  • Introduction: Cancer Disparities: The Scope of the Problem and Possible Solutions.
    Otis W. Brawley, MD, FACP, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, American Cancer Society


    1. The Biology of Cancer and its Relationship to Disparities in Cancer Occurrence and Outcomes.
    Brooke Sylvester, BS, Olufunmilayo I. Olipade, MD and Margaret K. Offermann, MD, PhD

    2. Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cancer Incidence, Stage, Survival and Mortality in the U.S.
    Jiemin Ma, Ph.D., M.H.S., Rebecca Siegel, M.P.H., and Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D.

    3. Disparities in Cancer Risk Factors and Cancer Screening in the U.S.
    Vilma Cokkinides, Ph.D., J. Lee Westmaas, Ph.D., Priti Bandi, M.S., and Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D. 4. Disparities in Cancer Treatment: Untangling the Contributing Factors in Breast, Colorectal and Lung Cancer.
    Ronit Elk, PhD, Arden Morris, MD, MPH, Pamela Ganschow, MD, Dawn Hershmann, MD,Tracy L. Onega, PhD, and Samuel Cykert, MD.

    5. Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Health Disparities among Cancer Survivors and Informal Caregivers.
    Tenbroeck Smith, M.A., Kevin Stein, Ph.D., Youngmee Kim, Ph.D., Dexter Cooper, M.P.H., Katherine Virgo, Ph.D., M.B.A., Irma Corral, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Hope Landrine, Ph.D.

    6. The Geography of Cancer and Cancer Risk Factors: Implications of Neighbourhood Disparities for Cancer Disparities.
    Hope Landrine, Ph.D., Irma Corral, Ph.D., M.P.H., Yongping Hao, Ph.D., Chiekwei Kaw, M.S., Joy.L. King, B.A. and Julia C. Fondren, M.S.


    PART A: Eliminating Disparities in Cancer Risk Factors

    7. Five-a-Day and Fit-for-Life Badge Programs for Cancer Prevention in Boy Scouts.
    Amy Shirong Lu, Ph.D., Janice Baranowski, M.P.H., R.D., Debbe Thompson, Ph.D., R.D., Karen Cullen, Dr. P.H., Tom Baranowski, Ph.D., Russ Jago, Ph.D. and Richard Buday, FAIA.

    8. A Systematic Approach to Developing Contextually, Culturally and Gender-Sensitive Interventions for African American Men: The Example of Men 4 Health.
    Derek M. Griffiths, Ph.D., Katie Gunger, M.P.H., M.S.W., and Julie O.Allen, M.P.H.

    9. The North Carolina BEAUTY and Health Project: Preventing Cancer in African American Beauty Salons.
    Laura Linnan, Sc.D., CHES., Cherise B. Harrington, Ph.D., M.P.H., John M. Rose, M.A., Ph.D., Veronica Carlisle, M.P.H., and Morris Boswell, B.A.

    10. Promoting healthy eating by strengthening family relations: Design and implementation of The Entre Familia: Reflejos de Salud intervention.
    Guadalupe X. Ayala, Ph.D., M.P.H., Leticia Ibarra, M.P.H., Elva Arredondo, Ph.D., Lucy Horton, M.Sc., M.P.H., Erika Hernandez, M.A., M.P.H., Humberto Parada, M.P.H., Donald Slymen, Ph.D., Cheryl Rock, Ph.D., Moshe Engelberg, Ph.D., M.P.H. and John P. Elder, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    PART B: Eliminating Disparities in Cancer Screening

    11. Racial Disparities in Breast and Cervical Cancer: Can Legislative Action Work?
    E. Kathleen Adams, Ph.D. and Li-Nien Chien, Ph.D.

    12. Messengers for Health: A community-based participatory research intervention in a Native American community.
    Vanessa Watts Simonds, Sc.D., Suzanne Christopher, Ph.D., Beldine Crooked Arm Pease, B.S., Lois Jefferson, Carol Howe, Deb LaVeaux, M.S., Myra Lefthand, M.S.W., Rochelle Lodgepole, B.S., Alma McCormick, Larna Old Elk, Eleanor Pretty On Top, Colleen Simpson, B.S., Geneva Stewart, Maudine Stewart, and Chaplain Carol Whiteman

    13. Tools for Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: Multimedia vs. Print in an Underserved Community.
    Gregory Makoul, Ph.D., David Baker, M.D., M.P.H. and Denise Scholtens, Ph.D.

    14. Partnering with Safety-net Primary Care Clinics: A Model to Enhance Screening in Low Income Populations: Principles, Challenges and Key Lessons.
    Samantha Hendren, M.D., M.P.H., Sharon Humiston, M.D., M.P.H. and Kevin Fiscella, M.D., MPH

    15. Esperanza Y Vida: Familias Saludables Empiezan Con Mujeres Saludables: Hope and Life: Health Families Begin with Healthy Women.
    Deborah O. Erwin, Ph.D., Lina Jandorf, M.A., Linda D. Thélémaque, M.P.H., Michelle Treviño, M.P.H., Frances G. Saad-Harfouche, M.S.W., Anabella G. Castillo, M.P.H., Zoran Bursac, Ph.D., MPH., Jomary Colón, Leavonne Pulley, Ph.D., Elvira Aguirre Wendrell, B.A., Maria Hannigan, B.S., Elsa I. Mendez, and Carol Horowitz, M.D., M.P.H.

    PART C: Eliminating Disparities in Cancer Treatment & Symptom Management

    16. A Decision Support Intervention for Black Women Eligible for Adjuvant Systemic Therapy: Sisters Informing Sisters™ About Breast Cancer Treatment: An Intervention to Reduce Treatment Disparities.
    Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D., Sherrie Flunt Wallington, Ph.D., Karen Patricia Williams, Ph.D. and Wanda Lucas, M.B.A.

    17. Prostate Cancer Patient Education Project (PCPEP): Prostate Cancer Symptom Management in Low-Literacy Men.
    David M. Latini, Ph.D., Stacey Hart, Ph.D., Heather Honore Goltz, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., Stephen J. Lepore, Ph.D., and Leslie Schover, Ph.D.

    18. Automated pain intervention for underserved African American and Latina Women with Breast Cancer.
    Karen O. Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Guadalupe R.Palos, R. PH., L.M.S.W., Araceli Garcia-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D., Tito R. Mendoza, Ph.D., Kai-Ping Liao, Ph.D., Karin M. Hahn, M.D., M.P.H., Arlene Nazario, M.D., Vicente Valero, M.D., Michael Fisch, M.D., M.P.H. and Richard Payne, M.D.

    PART D: Eliminating Disparities in Quality of Life among Cancer Survivors 19. Psycho-educational and Spiritual Interventions for low income Cancer patients: Results of Randomized and Patient Preference Trials on Adherence and Quality of Life Outcomes.
    Alyson B. Moadel, Ph.D., Melanie Harris, Ph.D., Evelyn Kolidas, B.A., Ruth Santizo, B.A., Kimala Harris, B.A. and Doru Paul, M.D.

    20. Psycho-educational intervention among Underserved Cervical Cancer Survivors.
    Kimlin Ashing-Giwa, Ph.D., Jung-won Lim, Ph.D, and Mayra, Serrano, B.A.

    21. Sexual Minority Women with a History of Breast Cancer: Moving Towards Interventions.
    Ulrike Boehmer, Ph.D. and Deborah Bowen


    22. Paths for the Future: Using What We've Learned to Eliminate Cancer Disparities.
    Bruce Rapkin, Ph.D.

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