Cancer Disparities Not Simply Black and White

January 5, 2011

Oncology Times

Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, a professor of Epidemiology, is quoted in an Oncology Times story exploring ways to better understand racial disparities in health care. Rebbeck said that recent genetic research suggests that not all people who call themselves African American face an equal risk of getting cancer, and that studies have associated a higher risk for some cancers including prostate and breast with African ancestry. The greater someone's African ancestry, the higher the risk for prostate cancer, he said. "Data shows that about 20 percent of [self-identified African Americans] genomic ancestry is non-African. Some people who have as little as five to 10 percent African ancestry call themselves African Americans," he said. Read More