Study: Racial gap in prostate cancer falls

A new study has concluded that the gap in prostate cancer cases between African-American men and white men has fallen in recent times. This is one of a very few encouraging studies in a health system that continues to turn out evidence that racial minorities have higher incidences of some illnesses and in many cases, poorer outcomes.

Researchers found that the incidence of stage T3 prostate cancer--in which the tumor has not grown into any organs or tissues--and T4 cancer--in which the cancer has growth through the wall of the colon and into tissue or organs--has fallen for both white and black men, according to the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The study, which focused on 2004 data, concluded that more men were diagnosed with prostate cancer at a younger age and earlier stage that year.

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