Genetic Data in Prostate Cancer
Black men have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer compared to White men, but researchers are still unsure why.
We know that genetics play a part in the likelihood of men developing prostate cancer, and the discovery of the genetic risk factors helps create targeted treatments. However, currently, the majority of available prostate cancer genetic data comes from White men, meaning that these treatments are not as effective for Black men.
Everyone is made up of their own unique DNA. DNA is made up of short sections called genes. Genes contain instructions that tell the cells in the body to make proteins. These proteins serve different functions in the body to keep them healthy, but every gene may vary amongst people and these variations determine the features of each individual; including if they are likely to develop prostate cancer.