Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Health disparities are "the 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" (National Cancer Institute [NCI], 2002). Racial and ethnic minorities experience serious disparities in health access and outcomes. Disparities in the burden of death and illness experienced by African Americans in particular, as compared with our nation's population as a whole, are particularly striking. There are a variety of factors contributing to these inequalities. The purpose of this report is to examine these factors and the consequential effects on the African American's overall health status through a thorough analysis of current studies and reports. An especially discerning case of a health disparity is this population's higher overall cancer incidence and mortality rates when compared to the white population. This report will place particular emphasis on the breast cancer health disparities faced by the women in this minority group. Additionally, programs and initiatives working towards the disappearance of these disparities will be identified and evaluated.
Year of Submission
School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2005 Theresa Lynn Gaul
Gaul, Theresa Lynn, "African American Breast Cancer Health Disparities" (2005). Honors Program Theses. 603.