Study Suggests African Americans Have Higher Death Risks for Gender-Based Cancers

by: cancercompass

A national clinical trial found disparities in survival rates among African Americans diagnosed with breast, prostate and ovarian cancers, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Disparities were consistent despite patients receiving advanced care from the same doctors and researchers controlling for socioeconomic factors.

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the research, which analyzed the records of more than 19,000 adult cancer patients participating in 35 randomized phase III clinical trials. Patients were followed for a minimum of 10 years.

During the study, African Americans were found to have a higher risk of death from advanced ovarian cancer (61%), post-menopausal breast cancer (49%), early breast cancer (41%) and advanced prostate cancer (21%).  No statistically relevant information was found between race and survival for lung cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, leukemia or myeloma.

Lead researcher Dr. Kathy Albain told the Chicago Tribune these findings suggest hormones, tumor biology and inherited gene variations are more than likely attributing factors to the survival gap for breast, prostate and ovarian cancers in this particular race.