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Why Cancer Fact Sheets?

The ICC Cancer Fact Sheets were created because medically underserved populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, experience disproportionately greater suffering and compromised health from cancer compared to the U.S. population as a whole. This is due in large part to delayed diagnosis coupled with less than appropriate patient care. (2)  In addition, individuals of all ethnic backgrounds who are poor, lack health insurance, or otherwise have inadequate access to quality cancer treatment experience higher cancer incidence, higher mortality rates, and poorer survival rates. (3,4) As these special populations continue to grow at a rapid rate, they will as a whole become the “majority” population of our nation. Reasons for health status disparities in minority and medically underserved populations include:

unequal socioeconomic status, resulting in unequal availability, accessibility and utilization of health services; 
unequal diagnostic work-up and treatment after entry into the healthcare system;
unequal diagnostic work-up and treatment after entry into the healthcare system;
social, racial and environmental injustice; and
individual as well as institutional prejudice and discrimination.

Who should use the ICC Cancer Fact Sheets?

Any Health Professional including:
   Primary Care and other Physicians
   Other Clinicians
   Oncology Social Workers
   Oncology Nurses
Outreach Coordinators
Legislators and Policy Makers
Community-based Organizations
Faith Communities
Ethnic, Racial, and Medically Underserved Communities

How should the ICC Cancer Fact Sheets be used?

As stand-alone educational pieces
To raise awareness of disparities in racial, ethnic, and medically underserved 
As background research on a racial or ethnic population

Where Can I get more information?

Additional online information on the Intercultural Cancer Council can be found elsewhere on this site or by contacting us at:

Intercultural Cancer Council
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
MS 620
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713-798-4614
Fax: 713-798-3990
E-mail: icc@uh.edu

revised May, 2012

Project Director
Nicholas K. Iammarino, PhD, CHES

Associate Project Director
Pamela M. Jackson, MS

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