Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Pancreatic cancer surgery less common in black men

Pancreatic cancer surgery less common in black men

Previous studies have shown that African American men have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer than any other population group. Furthermore, a new study involving 2,700 male subjects has shown that these men are also less likely to have surgery for their condition compared to other population groups at the same stage of the disease. The increased incidence in African Americans is believed to be due to higher presence of risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity. The study involved subjects with early-stage pancreatic cancer and researchers reported that 80% of black subjects didn't have surgery compared to 77% Asian subjects, 68% white subjects and 62% Hispanics. This disparity could be due to the fact that black and Asian men tend to have their cancer located in a less operable location or they may be genetically predisposed to have more aggressive cancers.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Pancreatic cancer surgery less common in black men

Date: 28 January 2005

Source: Reuters Health


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Pill-sized camera allows never seen before footage of the esophagus
  • Plaintiff awarded 115,000 in diet drug case
  • Plant derived drug helps alleviate menopausal symptoms
  • Plant protein may protect against some human diseases
  • PMS symptoms reduced with pill
  • Pocket card calculated risk of dying
  • Poland syndrome, a rare disorder
  • Policosanol more effective and safer than statin drugs
  • Pollution effects minimized by blood-pressure drugs
  • Polypharmacy in the elderly
  • Pomegranate juice beneficial for developing brains
  • Poor compliance of elderly with antihypertensives
  • Poor diet and lack of exercise a close second in the number of deaths it causes.
  • Poor eyesight, not ADHD causing bad behavior at school

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise