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Previously Funded Research

2019 LCRF Research Grant on Disparities in Lung Cancer

Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research Project:

Identifying determinants of racial disparities in lung cancer stage

Summary:

Racial disparities in lung cancer stage of diagnosis are well-documented. Fewer African Americans than whites are diagnosed at early-stage lung cancer, when better treatment options are available. Studies in patients seeking care at community health centers are limited and as a result, the causes of disparities in stage among the most vulnerable patients are poorly understood. This project will provide a deeper understanding of which factors influence lung cancer stage of diagnosis among community health center patients and provide outreach to the community about the importance of early detection for lung cancer.