Cancer health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of cancer and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States. These population groups may be characterized by gender, age, race, ethnicity, education, income, social class, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation.
The mission of the Applied Research Program (ARP) is to evaluate patterns and trends in cancer-associated health behaviors, practices, genetic susceptibilities, outcomes, and services. ARP monitors and evaluates cancer control activities in general and in specific populations in the United States and determines the influence of these factors on patterns and trends in cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and survival. Measuring social inequalities and monitoring health disparities across the cancer control continuum is an integral part of ARP's work.
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