A study conducted by Public Health England and Prostate Cancer UK and published in the journal BMC Medicine claims that black men are more likely to die of prostate cancer than white men. In addition, Asian men have almost half the chances to die because of this disease.
The researchers analyzed 25 million men of whom over 100.000 were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 26.000 of them died. The purpose of the analysis was to estimate the lifetime risk which a man with prostate cancer has. The researchers observed the incidence of prostate cancer and the associated mortality data across major ethnic groups between 2008 and 2010.
It was a known fact that black men have more chances of developing prostate cancer, but this is the first time a study looks at different ethnic groups in England and analyzes not only the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer but also the risk of death.
According to the findings of the study the lifetime risk of prostate cancer diagnosis was approximately one in eight (13 percent) in the case of white men and one in four (29 percent) in the case of black men. Various types of black people such as black Caribbean and black African included. In the case of Asian men the risk was of one in 13 (7.9 percent). This group included Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani.
Overall the researchers concluded that compared to other factors which can cause death the risk of dying because of prostate cancer was one in 24 (4 percent) for white men, one in 12 (8.7 percent) for black men and one in 44 (2 percent) for Asian ones.
Prostate cancer UK warned that each man’s risk of developing prostate cancer is different and can vary depending on other factors aside from ethnicity such as body weight, family history of prostate cancer and age. However the study can help men of different ethnicities to better understand what risks they have of developing the disease.
Health information officer at Cancer Research UK, Casey Dunlop, pointed out:
At the moment we don’t know the reasons behind these differences. More research is needed to understand if this pattern might be due to finding more cancers, or more aggressive cancers, in different ethnic groups,”
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