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Resources by Topic: Cancer

Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012-2015
Reports on racial/ethnic health disparities among rural residents. Includes data by race/ethnicity for health-related quality of life, healthcare access and use, chronic health conditions, and health-related behaviors. Based on data from the 2012–2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Author(s): Cara V. James, Ramal Moonesinghe, Shondelle M. Wilson-Frederick, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(23), 1-9
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Improving Health in the Mississippi Delta through Powerful Engagement
Describes the financial, educational, and healthcare challenges residents of the Mississippi Delta face. Discusses the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, a cancer awareness and prevention program working in rural, African American communities to create a network focused on education, outreach, and advocacy related to cancer.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.
Fact sheet discussing HPV and related cancers, HPV vaccines, insurance coverage, and access. Includes statistics showing racial and ethnic disparities in cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates, and vaccination coverage among female adolescents with breakdowns by urban or rural status and by state.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Pulmonary Health in Rural America: Cause and Impact of Work-Related Lung Diseases
Provides an overview of occupational lung diseases that impact rural areas related to agriculture, mining, healthcare, and other industries. Discusses asthma, lung cancer, Black Lung, and other work-related lung diseases. Includes information on prevention strategies, and highlights a personal protective equipment (PPE) management program at a rural Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Snapshot: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health
Fact sheet with statistics on uninsurance rates by ethnicity, health disparities by ethnicity, sex, and three types of cancer incidence rates, and rates of hepatitis B and HIV infection.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
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“Taking the Bull by the Horns”: Four Principles to Align Public Health, Primary Care, and Community Efforts to Improve Rural Cancer Control
Commentary on the CDC MMWR report, Invasive Cancer Incidence, 2004-2013, and Deaths, 2006-2015, in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties — United States. Discusses factors contributing to rural cancer disparities and identifies opportunities to improve rural cancer control.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Wheeler, Melinda M. Davis
Location: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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BRCA Genetic Testing and Receipt of Preventive Interventions Among Women Aged 18-64 Years with Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Areas — United States, 2009–2014
Reports on rural and urban rates of genetic testing to identify women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer, with data by age group and region. Also examines rural and urban post-test preventive interventions, including mastectomy, MRI, mammography, and genetic counseling.
Author(s): Katherine Kolor, Zhuo Chen, Scott D. Grosse, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(15), 1-11
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Kansas Health Statistics Report
Examines influenza surveillance activities during the 2016-2017 season, results of the statewide blood lead surveillance report, and prevalence of health risk behaviors among cancer survivors. Features statistics on physical and mental status and characteristics of Kansas cancer survivors, with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Rural Cancer: Data, Disparities, and Determination - Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series
Webinar recording highlighting a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article addressing rural disparities in cancer incidence and death rates. Also discusses community-level approaches to reduce the risk of cancer among rural populations.
Additional links: Audio Version, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 08/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Using Practice Facilitation to Increase Rates of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers, North Carolina, 2012–2013: Feasibility, Facilitators, and Barriers
Pilot study exploring practice facilitation in 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers as a way to promote universal colorectal cancer screening. Features statistics on clinic staffing, number of patients and average age, and number and duration of visits, with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Author(s): Bryan J. Weiner, Catherine L. Rohweder, Jennifer E. Scott, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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