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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
About: Pancreatic cancer surgery less common in black men
Date: 28 January 2005
Source: Reuters Health
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