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New Studies Shows Link Between Where A Black Person is Born and His/Her Cancer Risk

l_prostate-cancerA recent study on cancer among persons of African descent has revealed that where a black person is born plays a major factor in their risk of being diagnosed with the deadly illness.

The research shows that blacks born in Africa tend to have much higher rates of  infection-related cancers and blood cancers than blacks born in the U.S. 

The study examined U.S. data from 2000-2012 and compared the rates of diagnoses for the top 15 cancers in blacks born in Africa with that of African Americans. Infection-related cancers like liver, stomach and Kaposi sarcoma, and blood cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate cancer and thyroid cancers (in females only) were found to be much higher in African-born blacks than in African Americans.

The rate of Kaposi sarcoma was 12 times higher in African-born black women than U.S.-born black women.

In contrast, the lung cancer rate for black men born in Africa was 30 times lower than for African American men, and black men born in Africa also had lower colon cancer rates.When specific regions were taken into consideration, cancer rates varied by region of birth.

Higher rates of liver cancer among black males and thyroid cancer among black females were discovered in those born in eastern Africa, while the higher rate of prostate cancer among men leaned toward those born in western Africa.

This research can now be used to make important breakthroughs in the treatment approaches taken for blacks from different parts of the African Diaspora, and can also lead to cancer prevention programs that are more region-targeted.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani



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