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Cancer’s Racial Bias May Partially Lie in Its Aggressiveness

06:20 EDT 4 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

In the past several years it has become apparent that racial bias has formed for data pertaining to various disease states—most notably cancer. The reasons for this disparity diverge widely, from the more innocuous, such as socioeconomic status to more troubling motives like direct discrimination. However, new data published by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that underlying cancer biology is at least partially to blame for the higher incidence of breast cancer in African American women. Findings from the new study—published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute through an article entitled “ Racial Differences in PAM50 Subtypes in the Carolina Breast Cancer Study ”— help to explain a gap in mortality that exists between black and white women with breast cancer, and could lead to improved treatment approaches to help close it. The newly published data was part ...

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