Navigation Links
Race May Not Be Key in Cancer Disparities
Date:4/13/2009

Study finds differences drop or disappear when scale is reduced

MONDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Race and genetics may not be as big a factor in surviving certain cancers as long suspected, a new study finds.

Though racial disparities have been found in many studies, researchers say they are far less apparent when zeroing in on smaller populations or geographical areas, such as a neighborhood instead of a city.

A report in the May 15 issue of Cancer suggests that this means that modifiable factors -- such as socioeconomic situations, stages of the cancer, treatment and other aspects of a person's health -- might play a bigger role than biology in determining survival from a tumor.

In the report, led by Jaymie Meliker, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University in New York, researchers reevaluated information that whites in southern Michigan had far better survival rates than blacks when diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer. The gaps often were negligible -- and sometimes completely disappeared -- when the population or geographic focus narrowed from large counties to just cities, towns or neighborhoods, the study found.

"When racial disparities vanish in small geographic areas, it suggests that modifiable factors are responsible for apparent racial disparities observed at larger geographic scales," the authors wrote.

The study did not delve into the relative impact of different modifiable factors but did suggest that genetic factors probably were not key determinants in survival differences.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about cancer, race and ethnicity.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Cancer Society, news release, April 13, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Conventional prognostic factors fail to explain better prostate cancer survival in most Asian men
2. Survival differences by race most apparent in advanced stages of breast cancer
3. MRI finds breast cancer before it becomes dangerous
4. Investigators uncover intriguing clues to why persistent acid reflux sometimes turns into cancer
5. Pathway links inflammation, angiogenesis and breast cancer
6. Radiologists encouraged to look beyond cancer for clinically unseen diseases
7. Diet high in meat, fat and refined grains linked to risk for colon cancer recurrence, death
8. Immune deficiency linked to a type of eye cancer
9. Drop in breast cancer incidence linked to hormone use, not mammograms
10. Breast cancer prevention practices vary across Canada
11. First biomarker discovered that predicts prostate cancer outcome
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Race May Not Be Key in Cancer Disparities
(Date:2/6/2016)... , ... February 06, 2016 , ... With the ... add warm color grades to their footage. A LUT is a Lookup Table that ... to the corresponding color indicated by the table. By manipulating each pixel, LUT's can ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... Steven Tonkinson, 36, of Coconut Grove, Florida, ran the Miami Marathon on ... This year, he ran all 26.2 miles with a green 25-pound ShelterBox strapped to ... , This Sunday, while many are watching the Superbowl, Steven Tonkinson will strap on ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... & Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... of Activz Whole-Food Nutrition , announced that the much-anticipated feature with author Jahnavi ... New Really Cool Humans Amateur TV Network. , Each week, on his weekly Whole-Food ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... the largest domestic franchisees of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, launched the 14th annual ... awareness for kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Freed-Hardeman University President Joe A. ... a joint enrollment and degree completion agreement. The agreement, which begins with ... at FHU|Dickson. , The agreement allows students to be jointly admitted to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016  Redwood Scientific Technologies, Inc. announced ... designed to help women balance their hormones. This product ... Jason Cardiff , President and CEO. ... to help the millions of women across the country ... of imbalanced hormones. Our research and development team is ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 5, 2016  Patients in Alabama ... (HIFU) therapy no longer have to travel out of state. ... with Urology Centers of Alabama to provide a ... for qualifying patients. Alabama ... treatment of prostate cancer using many different modalities. They are ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016  Venice,s newest laser clinic, ... first of its kind in the area and ... advanced laser treatment. The physician-owned and operated laser ... Suncoast by storm with its revitalizing skin care ... multi-wavelength Astanza Trinity technology. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160204/329957 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: