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African Genes More Than Double Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Says

  • Tumors in South Africa, Brazil and Australia analyzed
  • Little sequencing of African cancers have previously been done
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African men, as well their descendants, are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer because of their genetic makeup, two studies released this week show. 

The research, published in the journals Nature and Genome Medicine, found that the DNA of African men is more predisposed to the presence of so-called structural variation, putting them at increased risk of severe forms of the cancer.