WEDNESDAY, June 2 (HealthDay News) -- Black men are already
known to be at higher risk of developing prostate cancer than white
men, but now a new study reports that they also appear to be more
likely to develop aggressive forms of the disease.
Researchers analyzed biopsies from 131 men -- 67 blacks and 64
whites -- whose prostates were removed at the Durham Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in North Carolina. The investigators found
signs that the black men had more aggressive forms of prostate
The findings are scheduled to be released Wednesday at American
Urological Association annual meeting in San Francisco.
"African-American men are more than twice as likely to develop prostate cancer, and these data show tumors may be more aggressive in this population," Dr. Anthony Y. Smith, a spokesman for the association, said in a news release. "African-American men should be especially vigilant about their prostate health and talk with their physicians about prostate cancer testing starting at age 40."
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