University of Illinois Cancer Center Catchment Area

The Cancer Center serves patients across Cook County, including the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

Home to more than 40% of the state’s population, the urban Cook County is diverse in race and ethnicity:

  • 25% Hispanic
  • 23% African American
  • 8% Asian (non-Hispanic)

Compared to other counties in the US, Cook County has higher rates of adult binge drinking, lack of health insurance, poverty, severe housing problems, violent crime, and air pollution. It has been designated by the federal government a Medically Underserved Area (MUA).

Zip Codes With the Largest Numbers of University of Illinois Cancer Center Cancer Cases
Zip codePopulation% Black% Hispanic% Uninsured% Unemployed
Top 10 cancers in the catchment area

Our researchers are dedicated to reducing cancer disparities — especially the ones experienced by our patients.

Through partnerships with both local and national organizations, and in conjunction with Mile Square Health Center, we are able to provide prevention and early detection outreach to the communities we serve and meet our patients’ needs. These efforts include:

  • HPV vaccination
  • Smoking cessation
  • Breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, and oral/head and neck cancer screening

Contact Us

To learn more about our partnerships within our catchment area, contact the University of Illinois Cancer Center Community Engagement & Health Equity Office:


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