Navigation Links
Genes Play Part in Prostate Cancer Among Races
Date:5/15/2008

Whites at higher risk than Hispanics, but genetics determines who gets it

THURSDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic differences may explain why white men have a higher prostate cancer risk than Hispanic men, information which may help doctors identify men who are more likely to develop the disease, U.S. researchers say.

They collected blood samples from 932 white men and 414 Hispanic men from south Texas and looked for mutations from the nuclear vitamin D receptor (CDX2 and FokI), which modulates the actions of vitamin D, and from 5-reductase type II (V89L & A49T), which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a more potent form of the male hormone.

Among non-Hispanic white men with V89L, FokI was associated with a more than a 50 percent increased risk of prostate cancer. This effect was not seen in Hispanic men. Among Hispanic white men, a combination of CDX2 and V89L was associated with a more than threefold increased risk of prostate cancer. This link was not seen in white men.

The findings, published in the May 15 issue of Clinical Cancer Research, provide new information about genetic risks and racial differences, but need to be confirmed in larger studies.

"Prostate cancer is not likely caused by a few genes, but by multiple genes from different pathways. This study illustrates the importance of examining multiple genes to understand genetic risks for prostate cancer and differences seen by ethnicity," study author Kathleen Torkko, an instructor in the department of pathology at the University of Colorado, Denver, said in a prepared statement.

"Going forward, we need not only a better understanding of genetics but a better understanding of race and ethnicity. Studying disease by race is a complex issue, and the public needs to understand that we are trying to raise biological, rather than social, questions," Torkko said.

She said the goal of this research is to find ways to improve management and treatment of prostate cancer. Currently, the most common method for assessing prostate cancer risk is the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. But the test can identify tumors that may not be a threat, while missing other tumors.

"Men typically have this test after they turn 50 years old, and it can spot a tumor that may not cause a problem in a man's lifetime if left untreated. It could be more likely that a man will die from heart disease or some other ailment before his prostate cancer would kill him," Torkko said.

"At this point, it is not possible to accurately tell which tumors will be the more aggressive ones with our current screening tests. This means that we may be screening and treating some men unnecessarily," she noted.

More information

The National Cancer Institute has more about prostate cancer screening.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, May 15, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Connecting cancer genes
2. Cardiogenesis Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
3. Effect of mutant p53 stability on tumorigenesis and drug design
4. Hoffa, Cherry to Speak at Community Rally Supporting Genesys Nurses
5. Bread mold may hold secret to eliminating disease-causing genes
6. Unraveling the Link Between Genes and Environment
7. Cardiogenesis Corporation to Report 2008 First Quarter Results on May 15th
8. Genes Linked to Osteoporosis Identified
9. Environment key early: Genes role expands in alcohol dependence
10. A stem cell type supposed to be crucial for angiogenesis and cancer growth does not exist?
11. Breast cancer risk amplified by additional genes in combo with BRCA mutation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... , ... According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over one ... 5 most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures in the country. With summer close, it’s safe ... next 8-10 weeks. For anyone considering a hair removal procedure, there are a few ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... , ... Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP), a dietetic ... Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) in presenting “Eating Heart Healthy: Exploring Issues of Low ... students inform consumers about the health benefits of eating a seafood-rich diet. ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... WI (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2017 , ... ARI ... its exclusive provider of co-op eligible dealer websites for its network of more than ... of professional landscaping and agricultural equipment including rotary and flail mowers and cutters, rear ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... main cause of hay fever in the United States, with an estimated 95 percent of ... July each year; with the worst time for sufferers being June and July. , ... provide an effective defense against grass pollen; they are proven in independent studies to trap ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... Sports Brand EXOUS Bodygear announced ... retails normally at $29.97; for the remaining days of March, the price will be ... to a special price of just $10 (regular retail price $19.97). , The special ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2017)... 30, 2017  Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP, a class ... a potential breach of fiduciary duty claim involving the board ... ). If you are a shareholder of ... this investigation, free of charge, please visit us at: ... http://pjlfirm.com/synergy-pharmaceuticals-inc/ ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... ... market to grow at a CAGR of 5.20% during the period ... has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs ... growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Forecast" report to their offering. ... Proton Therapy Market in Italy will ... There are currently three proton therapy centers in Italy ... Italy , the first patients were treated with proton ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: