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Mortality risk of overweight, obesity similar for blacks, whites

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For the study, researchers led by Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., analyzed data from the Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II), a large, prospective study. …

Racial disparity in colon cancer: New study sheds light

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The population-based study of 503 people with colon cancer found that 14 percent of Caucasians and 7 percent of African-Americans had a genetic marker called microsatellite instability, or MSI. These types of tumors are known to be resistant to the chemotherapy drug 5FU. Yet, even without chemotherapy, these patients tend to have better outcomes. …

‘Active surveillance’ may miss aggressive prostate cancers in black men

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"This study offers the most conclusive evidence to date that broad application of active surveillance recommendations may not be suitable for African-Americans," says urologist Edward M. Schaeffer, M.D., Ph.D., a co-author of the study. "This is critical information because if African-American men do have more aggressive cancers, as statistics would suggest, then simply monitoring even small cancers that are very low risk would not be a good idea because aggressive cancers are less likely to be cured," he says. …