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Aggressive Breast Cancer Risk Increased for African American Women with Diabetes

06:06 EST 15 Nov 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

In recent years, a crop of scientific studies has shown the racial disparity that exists when diagnosing and treating various diseases, in particular, cancer. While some studies found that the inequality was rooted in racial and social bias for disease diagnosis, others have found the genetics associated with various racial backgrounds has a profound influence on disease risk. The latter scenario is exactly what investigators from Boston University found after the results from their recent study showed that African American women with type 2 diabetes (often referred to as adult-onset diabetes) are at a greater risk for developing estrogen receptor-negative (ER – ) breast cancer.        Findings from the new study were released today in Cancer Research in an article entitled “ Type II Diabetes and Incidence of Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women .” The research was based on data of 54,337 African American ...

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