conditions and limitations poses challenges to those providing survivorship care and points to the need for the integrated delivery of chronic health care and rehabilitation services.
Half of cancer survivors in the United States have been diagnosed with cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, and rectum. An examination of the epidemiology of these cancers reveals consistent disparities in incidence, mortality, and survival by race and ethnicity. The sources of the disparities have not been completely explained, but an important reason that African Americans and other members of minority groups are underrepresented among cancer survivors is their relatively poor access to primary health care and effective screening tests and treatments for cancer. To increase the number of long-term, disease-free cancer survivors and ensure that the full cross-section of Americans with cancer live beyond their cancer, efforts are needed to improve access to cancer prevention and health care services.
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