Cancer rate differentials between blacks and whites in three metropolitan areas: a 10-year comparison.

Wu LY, Semenya KA, Hardy RE, Hargreaves MK, Robinson SB, Pederson L, Sung JF, Haynes MA
J Natl Med Assoc. 1998 90 (7): 410-6

PMID: 9685776 · PMCID: PMC2608358

This article compares cancer rate differentials for 1989-1993 and 1979-1981 between black and whites in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Atlanta, In Los Angeles and Atlanta, the black/white relative risk of lung cancer incidence has increased. While the relative risk for prostate cancer has decreased, blacks still show an excess incidence. White women still show a higher incidence of breast cancer, but the risk is closer to one. In all three cities, the excesses of black male lung cancer and female breast cancer mortalities have increased. The excess of black prostate cancer mortality increased in Atlanta and Nashville but decreased in Los Angeles. The excess of black cervical cancer mortality fell in Los Angeles and Atlanta but rose in Nashville. These results indicate a continuing need to develop and implement culturally sensitive interventions targeted at the black population.

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Adult African Continental Ancestry Group Breast Neoplasms Confidence Intervals European Continental Ancestry Group Female Georgia Health Surveys Humans Incidence Los Angeles Lung Neoplasms Male Prostatic Neoplasms Registries Risk Assessment Risk Factors Sex Distribution Survival Rate Tennessee Uterine Cervical Neoplasms

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