Prostate Cancer in Blacks and Hispanics More Aggressive and Poorly Treated in US, Study Says

Prostate Cancer in Blacks and Hispanics More Aggressive and Poorly Treated in US, Study Says
African-American and Hispanic prostate cancer patients are at higher risk of aggressive disease — but less likely to be treated for their cancer — than whites or people of Asian descent in the United States, researchers reported. The study, “Racial/Ethnic Disparity in Treatment for Prostate Cancer: Does Cancer Severity Matter,” published in the journal Urology, was developed at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "Despite their higher risk for more aggressive disease, African-American men and Hispanic men are less likely to receive treatment, and less treatment may play a significant role in increased rates of death from prostate cancer," Dr. Willie Underwood, the study's senior author and an associate professor in the Department of Urology at Roswell Park, said in a news release. "This research demonstrates a need for an action plan to address a racial disparity that has been known for more than 20 years." Despite a reduction in prostate cancer mortality over the last three decades, studies have found continuing racial differences in mortality rates. For example, African-American patients have a 2.4-fold risk of death compared to whites. Black men are more often diagnosed at a younger ages and with more aggressive disease, factors that likely contribute to this disparity. But a fuller explanation was also th
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