Selected research from leading health care experts whose findings have a direct bearing on public policies effecting medical progress. Research is chosen based on its quality and relevance by the Medical Progress Today editorial staff.

Selected Research

Genetic Mutation Linked to More Aggressive Breast Cancer Found More Often in African-Americans Cancer
Interdisciplinary International Journal of the American Cancer Society, 8-9-04

Researchers had long assumed that higher breast cancer mortality rates in African American women were due to life-style variations, or that the disease was diagnosed at more advanced stages. Now, however, a new study has found that black women are much more likely than white women to have a genetic mutation that makes their cancers significantly more aggressive and dangerous. The gene, p53, has long been known for its involvement in a range of cancers. Hopefully, now that researchers have a better understanding of how genetics affects disease progression in this population, they will be able to develop targeted therapies that offer patients better treatment options.

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