• Health equity or inequity reflects social vulnerabilities and inequalities where people live, work, play, and worship.  These social vulnerabilities and inequities impact colorectal cancer outcomes and mortality. 
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  • Obstacles and disparities associated with health equity impact all elements of health, including cancer screening.  For colorectal cancer screening, nearly half of premature CRC deaths nationwide are related to racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic inequalities.1   Data on health inequities and disparities is a key tool for identifying and addressing these barriers in vulnerable populations, thus improving health equity.

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1 Jemal A, Siegel RL, Ma J, et al. Inequalities in premature death from colorectal cancer by state. J Clin Oncol. 2015;33(8):829-835

Last Updated: 1/20/2023