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White men with high-risk prostate cancer more likely to receive treatment than Black and Asian men

In a study of 616,479 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer from 2010 to 2017, Black men, Asian men, American and Alaskan Native men, men without health insurance, men with Medicaid insurance, and men in the lowest income quartile were all less likely to be treated than White men.

“The biggest message is that these disparities are present. They’re present as far as racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic status, and insurance status, so it really is up to investigators and policymakers to determine why this is occurring in a clinical setting and what can be done to mitigate this,” said the lead investigator Madison Novosel of Yale University.

The study results were presented at a 2023 symposium in San Francisco, California.

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