Wisconsin Cancer Health Disparities Surveillance Reports: Trends in Cancer Disparities Among African Americans and Whites in Wisconsin

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Cancer incidence and mortality have decreased over the last few decades, yet nationally and in Wisconsin, not all people have benefited equally from these successes. This has exacerbated disparities in cancer burden among various population groups, including those defined by race.
The purpose of this report is to provide information about trends in cancer incidence and mortality among African Americans and whites in Wisconsin between 1994 and 2004/5 and to highlight disparities in cancer burden. Incidence data were obtained from the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System. Mortality data were accessed from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry of the National Cancer Institute. Trends in rates between 1995 and 2004/2005 for African Americans and whites were calculated, and changes in relative disparity were measured.