Robin E. Johnson
Robin E. Johnson, MD MPH, is a women’s health consultant, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She received both a medical degree and masters in public health from the University of California Los Angeles and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles County USC Keck Women’s Hospital. She is a fellow in Reach the Decision Makers (Reach), an environmental reproductive health policy program of the University of California San Francisco Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE).
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Cancer Disparities: An Environmental Justice Issue for Policy Makers
Policy makers must address the disparities in the rates of cancers affecting people of color, ethnic minority, and low-income populations. There is an expanding body of scientific evidence showing the relationship between environmental toxicants and cancer. Low-income populations and people of color have disproportionately high rates of cancers and are more likely to die or be diagnosed at advanced stages of disease. For example the African-American population has the highest overall rate of cancer (Figure 1) and lowest 5-year survival rate cancers (Figure 2).