NCCU/BBRI-Duke/Urology Partnership in Prostate Cancer Research
Annual rept. 18 May 2007-17 May 2008
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIV DURHAM
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men resulting in the loss of 30,000 lives per year in the United States. An estimated 218,890 new cases were diagnosed in 2007 1, 2. African Americans are more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other racial or ethnic groups. Although the survival rates for cancer has improved, for people of African descent, survival rates for prostate cancer and other cancers are dismally worse compared to Caucasians. African Americans still have higher risk and poorer clinical outcomes than any other ethnic groups 3. Could it be possible the poorer health outcomes for African Americans and other minority groups result from their lack of representation in scientific research Since it is well recognized that minorities are more likely to trust and cooperate with minority scientists in their community to address minority related health issues, building a diverse pool of scientists and clinical investigators is critical to reduce health disparities. The long-term goal of the NCCUBBRI-Duke Urology Partnership is to develop innovative approaches for prevention, detection, and treatment of prostate cancer, through research, training and collaboration between these two institutions. Community outreach through one of the leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU in this country will eventually help address the issue of health disparity in Durham and the surrounding area of North Carolina, where there is a large population of African Americans.
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