A recent study under the direction of Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Mia Hashibe has examined disparities in cancer survival and incidence between Utah's metropolitan and rural areas.
That's a mouthful. Here's what it means:
- The National Institutes of Health defines health status disparities as differences in rates of disease occurrence between population sub-groups like between difference races, the sexes, economic classes, and more.
- Incidence is just a way that researchers measure the number of diagnoses per year in a group of people, so any differences in incidence between Utahns who live in rural areas versus Utahns who live in metropolitan (city) areas would be considered health status disparities.
- Hashibe worked to understand whether such health status disparities exist between rural Utahns and Utahns living in metropolitan areas.