Despite higher rates of morbidity and mortality from many cancers and nonmalignant chronic diseases, African Americans have been poorly represented in epidemiologic studies. One impediment to inclusion has been the tendency of studies to sample from populations where African Americans have limited representation. Moreover, African Americans have often been reluctant to participate because of mistrust […]
A high level of participant enrollment was achieved in the CHCs. The calculation of a standard response rate, however, is not possible, due to the recruitment strategies employed by the interviewers. In addition to randomly approaching single individuals, some interviewers found that a successful means of recruitment was to speak to an entire CHC lobby […]
This study was approved by the institutional review boards at Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College. All participants provided written informed consent and (since April 14, 2003) a signed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) authorization.
U.S. cancer statistics document higher incidence rates of most forms of cancer, including cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colon, lung, cervix, kidney, liver and prostate, among African Americans than whites, yet reasons for the racial disparity are poorly understood. Blacks also experience poorer survival than whites for nearly all forms of cancer […]