Health Equity in Cancer

What to know

  • CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control helps all Americans prevent cancer, find it early, and get treatment, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
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Equity in cancer prevention and control

Equity is when everyone has an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

How racism leads to cancer health disparities

Racism is a serious threat to the public's health.

Cancer and population groups

Different groups of people have different rates of getting and dying from certain kinds of cancer. Some groups find it harder to make healthy choices that help prevent cancer, or to get medical care.

Improving health equity

What data are used to measure cancer health disparities?

Some common measurements describe how much a group of people is affected by cancer.

What CDC is doing

CDC is advancing health equity through research, programs, and partnerships. Learn what CDC is doing.


CDC awarded funds to three research organizations to learn how to advance health equity in cancer.

Building Healthier Communities

In this video, Dr. Hacker explains how CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is partnering with a wide variety of communities and organizations to advance health equity.