New research published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network has highlighted the lack of genomic research for people of African ancestry and how it’s impacting cancer care.
The lack of research is hampering efforts to reduce disparities in people with cancer, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa. According to the study, regions with significant African ancestry, such as the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa, have significantly higher prostate cancer mortality rates. African American men in the United States are also at an increased risk.
In a groundbreaking study, researchers evaluated molecular genetic results for 113 Black South African men with advanced prostate cancer. Their findings suggest unique genetic testing recommendations for this population. This is the first study of its kind, and the results highlight the urgent need for more research to help identify new treatments for people with African ancestry.
The researchers hope that their study will encourage more investment in genomic research for people of African ancestry. This could help reduce cancer disparities and improve outcomes for all patients.
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