Cases of highly aggressive prostate cancer at time of diagnosis increase in PA

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Among prostate cancer cases, highly aggressive cases of the disease at the time of diagnosis increased significantly in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2014, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Cancer Institute researchers. The increase affected both white and black men, with black men having more highly aggressive prostate cancer at diagnosis. This rise could be because of less early screening, resulting in more advanced stages of disease at diagnosis.

The researchers studied the change over time of prostate cancer rates and the geography of cases. To do this, they used the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry to review prostate cancer cases between 2004 and 2014. Researchers extracted information from the registry, of address at the time of diagnosis, basic demographic information and clinical information about the cancer.

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports researcher Gene Lengerich, a member of the institute’s community-engaged research and network capacity cores. Ming Wang is a former scholar in the institute’s Early-Stage Investigator Training Program (KL2).

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