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IT APPEARS THAT RACE IS AN INDEPENDENT RISK FACTOR FOR CANCER SURVIVAL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Lower income people with high school educations or less are known to have poorer outcomes when it comes to cancer survival. Now a new study takes socioeconomic factors out of the mix and concludes that for cancers of the breast and prostate, the biology of race does make a difference. Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, interprets the findings.

BURNETT: I think it does move us toward recognizing that thereís more to the development of these cancers and perhaps biological variables still need to be closely evaluated and just adjusting for socioeconomic factors or accounting for socioeconomic factors is not all that can explain this as some might think. But rather there are some biological variables.       :22

Burnett says research to identify the biological underpinnings of increased risk from cancer and other conditions must be continued. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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