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Health Disparity Defined

Each day, 3,400 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and another 1,500 die from the disease. While these numbers are disturbing in their own right, they also contain fundamental inequities. Racial and ethnic minorities, those with low income or education, and underserved and rural groups represent a greater percentage of these totals compared to the general population. This is called a health disparity.

“A population is a health disparity population if there is a significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population.”

Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act
 United States Public Law 106-525 (2000), p. 2498

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