Susan W Bolick-Aldrich

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BACKGROUND Understanding the ways in which socioeconomic status (SES) affects mortality is important for defining strategies to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer by race and ethnicity in the United States. METHODS Disease stage, treatment, and 5-year mortality rates were ascertained by reviewing medical records, and SES was determined by analyzing(More)
BACKGROUND Comparisons of incidence and mortality rates are the metrics used most commonly to define cancer-related racial disparities. In the US, and particularly in South Carolina, these largely disfavor African Americans (AAs). Computed from readily available data sources, the mortality-to-incidence rate ratio (MIR) provides a population-based indicator(More)
This ecologic study tested the hypothesis that census tracts with elevated groundwater uranium and more frequent groundwater use have increased cancer incidence. Data sources included: incident total, leukemia, prostate, breast, colorectal, lung, kidney, and bladder cancers (1996–2005, SC Central Cancer Registry); demographic and groundwater use (1990 US(More)
Prostate cancer (PrCA) incidence in South Carolina (SC) exceeds the national average, particularly among African Americans (AAs). Though data are limited, low environmental zinc exposures and down-regulation of prostatic zinc transporter proteins among AAs may explain, in part, the racial PrCA disparity. Age-adjusted PrCA rates were calculated by census(More)
A discrepancy exists between mortality and incidence rates between African-American and European-American women in South Carolina. The relationship between tumor grade and the estrogen/ progesterone receptor status is different in African-American and European-American women. African-American women with breast cancer should be encouraged to participate in(More)
Background: Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR), are collaborating with public health professionals from seven states and the District of Columbia to conduct the Patterns of Care study to assess the quality of cancer data and to determine whether stage-specific treatments are(More)
BACKGROUND Researchers have not been able to examine cancer incidence rates in Appalachia because high-quality data have not been uniformly available across the region. This study is the first to report cancer incidence rates for a large proportion of the Appalachian population and describe the differences in incidence rates between Northern, Central, and(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examined the impact of guideline-concordant therapy on the survival difference between non-Hispanic black (NHB) and non-Hispanic white (NHW) women with localized breast cancer. METHODS Data analyzed were from the CDC's NPCR Patterns of Care study in which seven population-based state cancer registries participated. We randomly(More)
South Carolina (SC) has some of the largest health disparities in the nation, in particular cancer mortality rates that disfavor African Americans (AA) in comparison to European Americans (EA) with 37% higher incidence and 61% higher mortality rates for AA women compared to EA women. Consequently, the purpose of this investigation was to examine and compare(More)
Recognizing that relatively easily detected precancerous lesions precede many cancers, there is a need to investigate the effectiveness of early interventions on the reduction of incidence rates in well-designed large randomized control trials. If early detection can reduce mortality rates of OPCA, evaluation of the capacity of dentists and physicians to(More)