Current screening guidelines result in higher risk of liver cancer in Black patients

Written by Rachel Jenkins, Future Science Group

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Researchers from Mount Sinai (NY, USA) investigated the reasons for disparity in liver cancer outcomes as Black patients often have a worse prognosis than those of other racial and ethnic groups. Recently published in Cancer, the study highlighted that early detection could reduce the number of African Americans dying from liver cancer, but that current screening guidelines may not find cancer soon enough in this community. The research studied the imaging, laboratory and pathological findings of 1195 patients with liver cancer who had a history of hepatitis C exposure, 390 of whom identified as African American. Hepatitis C infection can...

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