2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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IN SUPPORT OF RESEARCH TO INVESTIGATE CAUSES FOR CANCER DISPARITIES AMONG RACIAL AND ETHNIC POPULATIONS

     WHEREAS, African American women have a lower incidence of breast cancer than white women, but have a higher mortality rate from the disease even when adjustments are made for income, education, and access to health care; and

     WHEREAS, African American men have the highest incidence and mortality rates from prostate cancer in the world; and

     WHEREAS, among Mexican American and Puerto Rican women, cervical cancer incidence is two to three times higher than in non-Hispanic White women; and

     WHEREAS, cervical cancer is the number one incident cancer in Vietnamese American women, but breast cancer is the number one incident cancer for all racial and ethnic groups; and

     WHEREAS, Korean American men experience the highest rate of stomach cancer of all racial/ethnic groups, and a five-fold increased rate of stomach cancer over White American men; and

     WHEREAS, the causes for these differences, and others, in cancer incidence and/or mortality among various racial and ethnic groups are unknown,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls for research to investigate the reasons that certain cancer(s) heavily affects a particular racial or ethnic population.