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CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) monitors trends in cancer incidence and mortality, and identifies which populations are disproportionately affected by the disease.


A patient gets more information about a colonoscopy from his provider at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Photo courtesy of the Alaska Native Tribal Health ConsortiumCauses of Death Among American Indians and Alaska Natives
New data show death rates are 50% higher among AI/AN people than whites.

Woman's faceBreast Cancer Disparities
Black women have the highest death rates of all racial and ethnic groups. The reasons for this difference result from many factors.

AMIGAS is a bilingual educational intervention designed to help increase cervical cancer screening among Hispanics.

Photo of two peopleContributing Factors
Socioeconomic status, access to health care, behaviors, and exposure to carcinogens contribute to health disparities.

Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Learn why. CDC Vital Signs
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