Author Affiliations: Departments of Medicine
and Human Genetics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
In 1597, when philosopher Francis Bacon first composed the phrase Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est, “For knowledge
itself is power,” he could never have imagined its current applicability
to reducing disparities in cancer care and prevention in the United States.
The landmark Institute of Medicine report Unequal Treatment:
Understanding Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care1 revealed that racial- and ethnic-minority patients
receive inferior health care compared with white Americans, even when income
and insurance inequalities are leveled. The promise of early cancer detection
and prevention is within reach as newer technologies become incorporated into
medical practice. Unfortunately, new technologies are likely to increase health
care disparities even further as they widen the gap between those who already
receive the best care and those who do not.
Hall M, Olopade OI. Confronting Genetic Testing DisparitiesKnowledge Is Power. JAMA. 2005;293(14):1783-1785. doi:10.1001/jama.293.14.1783