Active Surveillance May Not Be Enough for African American Patients With Prostate Cancer

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Study by Johns Hopkins researchers may affect future treatment plans for African American men diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancer

In a study involving 1473 white men and 256 black men diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancer, Johns Hopkins researchers discovered that current diagnostic methods do not consistently identify aggressive prostate cancers in African American men, especially when tumors are located in the anterior prostate. Therefore, active surveillance may not be a beneficial option for African American men diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancer.

The study was published early online prior to print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News Release.

Last modified: May 21, 2015