Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions

Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions

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Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions by Holly Matto

"The volume sheds new light on reducing disparities by complementing currentlyavailable monographs, through the provision of solutions that are not onlytheoretically innovative but also empirically effective. Indeed, Cancer Disparities: Causesand Evidence-Based Solutions admirably achieves two key objectives that are crucial foradvances 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-relateddisparities 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 owncommunities. 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 In addition, it presents 15 previously unpublished, evidence-based interventions to reduce and eliminate cancer disparities.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

ISBN-13: 9780826108838
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 580
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ronit Elk, Ph.D. is Director of Cancer Control and Prevention Research and Director of the Priority Program in Health Disparities of the Extramural Research Grants at the American Cancer Society. Born in Israel, she grew up in Israel, Turkey, India, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. She received her Ph.D. in Cape Town, South African and shortly thereafter immigrated with her family to the United States. Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Dr. Elk was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the UT Health Sciences Center in Houston. She was PI of 2 large NIH grants ($3M); and co-investigator or consultant on 12 additional NIH grants. She has served on several research panels of the NIH, and published over 40 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. During her 10 year tenure with the American Cancer Society, she has spearheaded the Cancer Control and Prevention Research program and led the Targeted Program in Disparities Research, resulting in a dramatic increase in applications and funded grants in these programs. Dr. Elk is the author, with Dr. Monica Morrow, of Breast Cancer for Dummies . She is also the author of two children's books, A Surprise at Dancing Fields and It's The Elephant's Picnic.

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