Genetics may be cause of some cancer deaths - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/7/09

Genetics may be cause of some cancer deaths

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Past studies has shown African Americans are more likely to die from certain cancers and now experts have found that biological factors may be to blame.

Researchers at Loyola University followed more than 19,000 cancer patients who enrolled in 35 clinical trials. All the patients had the same access to care and the same socioeconomic background.  They found African Americans were significantly more likely to die from breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer than others in the study. 

Experts believe there is a complex interaction of genetic and hormonal factors that make the diseases more deadly in African Americans.  

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