Some of the widest health disparities are seen in the American South. A storm is brewing that might make that worse, particularly for cancer.
Over the past 20 years it has become clear that programs to diagnose cancer early and assure access to state-of-the-art treatment can drive down cancer mortality rates and can reduce cancer disparities by race, ethnicity, and poverty. This is especially clear for cancers of the cervix, breast, and colon, for which we now have CDC-funded public programs to provide services for the medically underserved. But a storm of change i