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Active surveillance appears to be safe option for Black men with low-risk prostate cancer

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JAMA
Reuters Health - 03/11/2020 - Active surveillance appears to be an equally safe option for African-American men with low-risk prostate cancer, according to a retrospective analysis. While Black men were more likely than their non-Hispanic white peers to have disease progression and need definitive treatment over 10 years, they did not have an increased risk of their cancer spreading or of dying of prostate cancer, researchers report in JAMA. Active surveillance is recommended for patients with low-risk prostate cancer. But there has been lower uptake of active surveillance in Black men with low-risk prostate cancer. "People used to think active surveillance was not safe in African-American men because of a perception that the cancer was inherently more aggressive. This led to unnecessary treatments and side effects like urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and bowel problems for African-American men," said Dr. Brent Rose, assistant professor of radiatio...


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