There is an active controversy among oncologists about when to treat prostate cancer patients, with some suggesting that the word “cancer” be removed from the description of low grade disease, in order to prevent over-treatment. However a new study shows that these guidelines may not be appropriate for everyone, especially African American men.

“We know that African American men have more aggressive prostate cancer than Caucasian men,” says Kosj Yamoah M.D., Ph.D., Chief Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. “Our study shows that African American men who are diagnosed with a low-grade cancer at first – the cancers that are sometimes watched rather than treated – are more likely to develop aggressive disease sooner than Caucasian men.”

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