More Cancer Research Needed for Black People Across the Globe


FILE - In this April 19, 2007 file photo, a lab officer cuts a DNA fragment under UV light from an agarose gel for DNA sequencing as part of research to determine genetic mutation in a blood cancer patient, in Singapore, which prides itself as an advanced medical treatment and research hub. New research shows a sharp escalation in the weapons race against cancer, with several high-tech approaches long dreamed of but not possible or successful until now. At a weekend conference of more than 30,000 cancer specialists, scientists are reporting new tactics to spur the immune system to attack a broad range of cancers, new drugs that attack the disease while sparing healthy cells, and new ways to tell which patients will benefit from which drugs. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
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New research published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network has highlighted the lack of genomic research for people of African ancestry and how it’s impacting cancer care.

The lack of research is hampering efforts to reduce disparities in people with cancer, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa. According to the study, regions with significant African ancestry, such as the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa, have significantly higher prostate cancer mortality rates. African American men in the United States are also at an increased risk.

In a groundbreaking study, researchers evaluated molecular genetic results for 113 Black South African men with advanced prostate cancer. Their findings suggest unique genetic testing recommendations for this population. This is the first study of its kind, and the results highlight the urgent need for more research to help identify new treatments for people with African ancestry.

The researchers hope that their study will encourage more investment in genomic research for people of African ancestry. This could help reduce cancer disparities and improve outcomes for all patients.

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