According to the NIH website, “Members of minority racial/ethnic groups in the United States are more likely to be poor and medically underserved (that is, to have little or no access to effective health care) than whites, and limited access to quality health care is a major contributor to disparities. For example, regardless of their racial/ethnic background, the poor and medically underserved are less likely to have recommended cancer screening tests than those who are medically well served. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer that might have been treated more effectively if diagnosed earlier.” Currently referred to as “financial toxicity,” many individuals are suffering from the high cost of treating cancer. Particularly in the minority (African American) community, this problem is even greater. People often overlook health care treatment due to concerns of affordability and trying to take care of their daily living needs such as housing, food and travel.
Citation Format: Wenora Johnson. [Advocate Abstract] Financial disparities associated with treating colorectal cancer in the minority (African American) community [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Eleventh AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; 2018 Nov 2-5; New Orleans, LA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2020;29(6 Suppl):Abstract nr C115.