CURRENT RESEARCH: African American blood cancer patients do fare worse

30 Jul


Despite receiving similar cancer treatment as other patients, African Americans with a common form of leukemia didn’t live as long in a new study that was aimed at understanding the racial disparity in cancer outcomes. The black patients tended to have chromosome mutations and other characteristics that are known to be linked with a worse prognosis.

The head of this study was unsure whether the disparity was caused by biological factors or non-biological factors (cultural, socioeconomic, etc). Research into potential biological differences in cancer for African Americans and whites may help elucidate the roots of this disparity

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