Will tomorrow's medicines work for everyone?


Journal Article (Review)

Throughout much of the world, 'race' and 'ethnicity' are key determinants of health. For example, African Americans have, by some estimates, a twofold higher incidence of fatal heart attacks and a 10% higher incidence of cancer than European Americans, and South Asian- or Caribbean-born British are approximately 3.5 times as likely to die as a direct result of diabetes than are British of European ancestry. The health care that people receive also depends on 'race' and 'ethnicity'. African Americans are less likely to receive cancer-screening services and more likely to have late-stage cancer when diagnosed than European Americans. Health disparities such as these are one of the greatest social injustices in the developed world and one of the most important scientific and political challenges.

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Cited Authors

  • Tate, SK; Goldstein, DB

Published Date

  • November 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 11 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S34 - S42

PubMed ID

  • 15508001

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15508001

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-1718

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1061-4036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/ng1437


  • eng