Intersectional disparities in climate vulnerability and cancer risk

Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop, Mayra Cruz, Zinzi D. Bailey, Erin K. Kobetz

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Despite significant progress in the early detection, treatment, and survivorship of cancer in recent decades, cancer disparities continue to plague segments of the US population. Many of these cancer disparities, especially those among historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups and those with lower socioeconomic resources, are caused and perpetuated by social and structural barriers to health. These social and structural barriers, which operate beyond the framework of cancer control, also systematically increase vulnerability to and decrease adaptive capacity for the deleterious effects of anthropogenic climate change. The established and emerging overlap between climate vulnerability and cancer risk presents complex challenges to cancer control, specifically among populations who suffer compounding hazards and intersectional vulnerabilities. By embracing these intersections, we may be able to conceptualize promising new research frameworks and programmatic opportunities that decrease vulnerability to a wide range of climate and health threats to advance health equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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© 2023 The Authors. Cancer published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Cancer Society.


  • cancer
  • cancer disparities
  • climate change
  • environmental indicators
  • social determinants of health
  • social vulnerability

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  • Journal Article


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