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Rural Cancer Prevention

Hosted by the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

  • Date: 01/21/2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
  • Introduction: Compared to urban areas, rural counties had lower than average annual age-adjusted cancer incidence rates for all cancer sites combined, but higher mortality rates.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Age-adjusted cancer death rates for both males and females have been on a downward trend but, despite this continued decline in national cancer mortality, research demonstrates a distinct disparity in cancer mortality between rural and urban populations. Compared to urban areas, rural counties had lower than average annual age-adjusted cancer incidence rates for all cancer sites combined, but higher mortality rates. Researchers have noted higher incidence and mortality rates among rural regions for certain preventable cancers, specifically, lung, laryngeal, colorectal, and cervical cancer.

People living in rural communities face greater challenges with regard to accessing critical services to either prevent cancer or receive comprehensive treatment. This webinar will present information on the importance of focusing on comprehensive, innovative, and sustainable solutions to close the rural-urban mortality gap and to continue reducing the disease burden nationally.

Registration and additional information is available at the Rural Health Information website.

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