Despite notable advances in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment, not all individuals benefit equally from this important progress. This fact sheet provides an overview of current health disparities in cancer care and a snapshot of ACS CAN federal advocacy activities to eliminate these disparities and achieve health equity.
Disparities in Tobacco Use
Although tobacco-related cancer incidence and mortality have declined in the U.S., we continue to see disparities by socioeconomic status (SES), race/ethnicity, educational level, gender, sexual orientation, and geographic location. Our ability to continue to make progress against cancer relies heavily on eliminating the inequities that exist in cancer prevention and care, including tobacco policies. This factsheet explores who uses tobacco, differences in health outcomes across groups, barriers to tobacco-free living, and how ACS CAN is taking action.