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Publications in Health Disparities

Cancer Risk Factors

Shavers VL, Lawrence D, Fagan P, Gibson JT. Racial/ethnic variation in cigarette smoking among the civilian US population by occupation and industry, TUS-CPS 1998-1999. Prev Med 2005 Aug;41(2):597-606.

Shavers VL, Shankar S, Alberg A. Perceived access to health care and its influence on the prevalence of behavioral cancer risks among urban African Americans. J Natl Med Assoc 2002 ;94:952-62.

Shavers VL, Shankar S. Trend in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among urban African American hospital employees and public housing residents. J Natl Med Assoc 2002;94:566-76.

Alavanja MCR, Field W, Sinha R, Brus C, Shavers V, Curtain J, Lynch CF. Lung cancer risk and red meat consumption among Iowa women. Lung Cancer 2001:34(1):37-46.

Dixon LB, Sundquist J, Winkleby MA. Differences in energy, nutrient, and food intakes in a national sample of Mexican-American women and men: findings from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994. Am J Epidemiol 2000;152:548-57.

Kumanyika SK, Krebs-Smith SM. Preventive nutrition issues in ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the United States. In: Bendich A, Deckelbaum RJ, eds. Preventive Nutrition, Volume II: Primary and Secondary Prevention. Totowa NJ: Humana Press Inc. 2000, p. 325-560. [View Summary]

Sweeney CT, Shopland DR, Hartman AM, Anderson CM, Gower KB, Burns DM. Gender differences in workplace smoking policies: results from the Current Population Survey. J Am Med Womens Assoc 2000;55:311-15.

Leischow SJ, Ranger-Moore J, Lawrence D. Addressing social and cultural disparities in tobacco use. Addict Behav 2000 Nov-Dec;25(6):821-31.

Kerner JF, Breen N, Tefft MC, Silsby J. Tobacco use among multi-ethnic Latino populations. Ethn Dis 1998;8:167-183.

Troiano RP, Flegal KM. Overweight children and adolescents: description, epidemiology, and demographics. Pediatrics 1998;101(suppl):497-504.

Cancer Screening & Stage at Diagnosis


Hiatt RA, Klabunde C, Breen N, Swan J, Ballard-Barbash R. Cancer screening practices from National Health Interview Surveys: past, present, and future. J Natl Cancer Inst 2002;94:1837-46.

Legler J, Meissner HI, Coyne C, Breen N, Chollette V, Rimer BK. The effectiveness of interventions to promote mammography among women with historically lower rates of screening. Cancer Epidimiol Biomarkers Prev 2002;11:59-71.

Lane DS, Zapka J, Breen N, Messina CR, Fotheringham DJ. A systems model of clinical preventive care: the case of breast cancer screening among older women. For the NCI Breast Cancer Screening Consortium. Prev Med 2000;31(5):481-93.

Yabroff KR, Lawrence WF, King JC, Mangan PA, Washington KS, Yi B, Kerner JF, Mandelblatt JS. Geographic disparities in cervical cancer mortality: What are the roles of risk factor prevalence, screening, and treatment? J Rural Health 2005;21:149-157. [View Full Reference List]

Cancer Screening

Swan J, Breen N, Coates RJ, Rimer BK, Lee NC. Progress in cancer screening practices in the United States: results from the 2000 National Health Interview Survey. Cancer 2003 Mar 15;97(6):1528-40.

Jennings-Dozier K, Lawrence D. Sociodemographic predictors of adherence to annual cervical cancer screening in minority women. Cancer Nurs 2000 Oct;23(5):350-6; quiz 357-8.

Hoffman-Goetz L, Breen NL, Meissner H. The impact of social class on the use of cancer screening within three racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Ethn Dis 1998;8:43-51.

Stage at Diagnosis

Breen N, Figueroa JB. Stage of breast and cervical cancer diagnosis in disadvantaged neighborhoods: a prevention policy perspective. Am J Prev Med 1996;12:319-25.

Cancer Treatment


Shavers VL, Brown ML. Racial and ethnic disparities in the receipt of cancer treatment. J Natl Cancer Inst 2002 Mar 6;94(5):334-57.


Ellison GL, Warren JL, Knopf KB, Brown ML. Racial differences in the receipt of bowel surveillance following potentially curative colorectal cancer surgery. Health Serv Res 2003;38:1885-1903.

Bach PB, Guadagnoli E, Schrag D, Schussler N, Warren JL. Patient demographic and socioeconomic characteristics in the SEER-Medicare database applications and limitations. Med Care 2002 Aug;40(8 Suppl):19-25.

Hodgson DC, Fuchs CS, Ayanian JZ. Impact of patient and provider characteristics on the treatment and outcomes of colorectal cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2001;93:501-15.

Schrag D, Cramer LD, Bach PB, Begg CB. Age and adjuvant chemotherapy use after surgery for stage III colon cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2001;93(11):850-7.

Bach PB, Cramer LD, Warren JL, Begg CB. Racial differences in the treatment of early-stage lung cancer. N Eng J Med 1999;341:1198-205.

Cooper GS, Yuan Z, Chak A, Rimm AA. Geographic and patient variation among Medicare beneficiaries in the use of follow-up testing after surgery for nonmetastatic colorectal carcinoma. Cancer 1999;85:2124-31.

Klabunde CN, Potosky AL, Harlan LC, Kramer BS. Trends and black/white differences in treatment for non-metastic prostate cancer. Med Care 1998;36(9):1337-48.

McCarthy EP, Burns RB, Coughlin SS, Freund KM, Rice J, Marwill SL, Ash A, Shwartz M, Moskowitz MA. Mammography use helps to explain differences in breast cancer stage at diagnosis between older black and white women. Ann Intern Med 1998;128:9:729-36.

Deleyiannis FW, Weymuller EA, Garcia I, Potosky AL. Geographic variation in the utilization of esophagoscopy and bronchoscopy in head and neck cancer. Arc Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1997;123:1203-10.

Ballard-Barbash R, Potosky AL, Harlan LC, Nayfield SG, Kessler LG. Factors associated with surgical and radiation therapy for early stage breast cancer in older women. J Natl Cancer Inst 1996;88:716-26.

Patterns of Care/Quality of Care Studies

Shavers VL, Brown M, Klabunde CN, Potosky AL, Davis W, Moul J, Fahey A. Race/ethnicity and the intensity of medical monitoring under 'watchful waiting' for prostate cancer. Med Care 2004 Mar;42(3):239-50.

Shavers VL, Brown ML, Potosky AL, Klabunde CN, Davis WW, Moul JW, Fahey A. Race/ethnicity and the receipt of watchful waiting for the initial management of prostate cancer. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Feb;19(2):146-55.

Shavers VL, Harlan LC. Racial/ethnic patterns of care for cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, sinuses, and salivary glands. Cancer Metastasis Rev 2003;22:25-38.

Shavers VL, Harlan LC. Racial/ethnic variation in clinical presentation, treatment and survival among breast cancer patients under age 35. Cancer 2003;97:134-47.

Potosky AL, Harlan LC, Kaplan RS, Johnson KA, Lynch CF. Age, sex, and racial differences in the use of standard adjuvant therapy for colorectal cancer. J Clin Oncol 2002 Mar 1;20(5):1192-202.

Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study

Hoffman RM, Harlan LC, Klabunde CN, Hunt WC, Potosky AL. Racial differences in initial treatment for clinically localized prostate cancer. J Gen Intern Med 2003;18:845-53.

Potosky AL, Harlan LC, Stanford JL, Stanford JL, Gilliland FD, Hamilton AS, Albertsen PC, Eley JW, Liff JM, Deapen D, Stephenson RA, Legler J, Ferrans CE, Talcott JA, Litwin MS. Prostate cancer practice patterns and quality of life: the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study. J Natl Cancer Inst 1999;91:1719-24.

Clinical Trial Participation

Sateren WB, Trimble EL, Abrams J, Brawley O, Breen N, Ford L, McCabe M, Kaplan R, Smith M, Ungerleider R, Christian MC. How sociodemographics, presence of oncology specialists, and hospital cancer programs affect accrual to cancer treatment trials. J Clin Oncol 2002;20:2109-17.

Shavers VL, Lynch CF, Burmeister LF. Racial differences in factors that influence the willingness to participate in medical research studies. Ann Epidemiol 2002;12:4:248-56.

Shavers VL, Lynch CF, Burmeister LF. Factors that influence African-American willingness to participate in medical research studies. Cancer 2001;91:1187.

Shavers VL, Lynch CF, Burmeister LF. Factors that influence African-American willingness to participate in medical research studies. Cancer 2001;91:1(Suppl):233-36.

Shavers VL, Lynch CF, Burmeister LF. Knowledge of the Tuskegee Study and its impact on the willingness to participate in medical research studies. J Natl Med Assoc 2000;92(12):563-72.

Shavers-Hornaday V, Lynch CF, Burmeister LF, Torner JC. Why are African-Americans Underrepresented in Medical Research Studies? Impediments to medical research participation. Ethn Health 1997;2(1-2):31-45.

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