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  • Posted: 12/09/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Potential biological factor contributing to racial disparities in prostate cancer

Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina (home of the Hollings Cancer Center) have uncovered a potential biological factor that may contribute to disparities in prostate cancer incidence and mortality between African-American and non-Hispanic white men in the United States, according to results presented at the Sixth AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held Dec. 6-9. In the United States, African-American men are 1.5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer and more than twice as likely to die from the disease compared with non-Hispanic white men.

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