Socioeconomic Disparities and Cancer
Do socioeconomic disparities limit the impact of proven preventive interventions in most countries?
Within countries, cancer mortality is often higher, and cancer survival lower, in groups with low socioeconomic status and other disadvantaged groups, for cancer overall and for most cancer types.
Even in high-income countries, socioeconomic disparities limit the impact of proven preventive interventions.
- Chapter 4.1. Inequalities between and within countries: Impact on cancer prevention
- Chapter 4.2. Socioeconomic factors and cancer prevention in Africa: Cervical cancer as an example
- Chapter 4.3. Cancer in urban and rural communities in China: Patterns reflect social dynamics
- Chapter 4.4. Socioeconomic factors and cancer prevention in India: Diverse interventions are needed
- Chapter 4.5. Variations in implementation of cancer screening in European countries: Striving for best practice
- Chapter 4.6. Disparities in cancer prevention services in the USA: A long-standing, persistent cause of inequity
- Chapter 4.7. Cancer in indigenous populations: Focusing on inequalities that are sometimes invisible
IARC (2019). Reducing Social Inequalities in Cancer: Evidence and Priorities for Research, IARC Scientific Publication No. 168.
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