Disparities in Kaposi sarcoma incidence and survival in the United States: 2000-2013

Kathryn E. Royse, Firas El Chaer, E. Susan Amirian, Christine Hartman, Susan E. Krown, Thomas S. Uldrick, Jeannette Y. Lee, Zachary Shepard, Elizabeth Y. Chiao

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Objective: Geographic and racial disparities may contribute to variation in the incidence and outcomes of HIV-associated cancers in the United States. Method: Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, we analyzed Kaposi sarcoma (KS) incidence and survival by race and geographic region during the combined antiretroviral therapy era. Reported cases of KS in men from 2000 to 2013 were obtained from 17 SEER cancer registries. Overall and age-standardized KS incidence rates were calculated and stratified by race and geographic region. We evaluated incidence trends using joinpoint analyses and calculated adjusted hazard ratios (aHR) for overall and KS-specific mortality using multivariable Cox proportional hazards models. Results: Of 4,455 KS cases identified in men younger than 55 years (median age 40 years), the annual percent change (APC) for KS incidence significantly decreased for white men between 2001 and 2013 (APC -4.52, p = 0.02). The APC for AA men demonstrated a non-significant decrease from 2000–2013 (APC -1.84, p = 0.09). Among AA men in the South, however, APC has significantly increased between 2000 and 2013 (+3.0, p = 0.03). In addition, compared with white men diagnosed with KS during the same time period, AA men were also more likely to die from all causes and KS cancer-specific causes (aHR 1.52, 95% CI 1.34–1.72, aHR 1.49, 95% CI 1.30–1.72 respectively). Conclusion: Although overall KS incidence has decreased in the U.S., geographic and racial disparities in KS incidence and survival exist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0182750
JournalPloS one
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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Royse, K. E., El Chaer, F., Amirian, E. S., Hartman, C., Krown, S. E., Uldrick, T. S., Lee, J. Y., Shepard, Z., & Chiao, E. Y. (2017). Disparities in Kaposi sarcoma incidence and survival in the United States: 2000-2013. PloS one, 12(8), [e0182750]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182750