The Unequal Burden of CancerBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7230.321 (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:321
- Dimitrios Trichopoulos, professor of cancer prevention and epidemiology
- Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, USA
Eds M Alfred Haynes, Brian D Smedley
National Academy Press, £28.95, pp 350
Poverty is the most important risk factor for excess morbidity and premature mortality, and it is disproportionately distributed among ethnic groups in the United States and around the world. Moreover, there are striking differences among ethnic groups in the incidence of cancer. For example, compared with white Americans, Asian Americans have substantially lower, and African Americans substantially higher, incidence of and mortality from prostate cancer.
It seems …