No Race Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes Within VA Healthcare System

No Race Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes Within VA Healthcare System
shutterstock_190865222In a recent study titled “VA Study Reveals No Race Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes, published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, researchers found that among prostate cancer patients who receive medical care in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system, there are no significant differences in tumor burden, treatment choice, and survival outcomes between black and white men. “The observed lack of disparity in outcomes between African Americans and Caucasians may be due to their receipt of care in the equal-access VA healthcare system, which may eliminate or reduce major barriers in access to care for African Americans,” the authors write in their study. In earlier studies, a 48% higher incidence of prostate cancer along with an increased risk of death was found among black men. Furthermore, at the time of diagnosis, black men had higher prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and bigger tumors, with an increased tendency to present an advanced form of this disease. In this study, the research team led by Timo
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