University of North Carolina researchers are launching a major initiative to track 1,000 women across North Carolina with endometrial cancer to understand why the cancer is increasing in incidence and mortality, and why the disease is more deadly for some women than others.
“Endometrial cancer does harbor one of the worst disparities for African-American women,” said professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology Vicoria Bae-Jump (above).
Researchers will evaluate the genetics of patients’ tumors in order to potentially identify therapeutic strategies, as well as investigate factors including patients’ medical history or lifestyle.
Not only do they want to understand why the disease is becoming more prevalent and mortality rates have increased, but also why mortality rates are higher in Black women compared with white women.
See “Study tracks endometrial cancer across North Carolina” on the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center website (June 12, 2020)