Based on the findings of a new study, most endometrial cancer patients are black females. Researchers have conducted the observational study in an attempt to determine whether there are any differences in the cancer forms that women develop based on the ethnic races they belong to.
The endometrial cancer types refer to those tumors that are formed in the womb or uterus of female patients. Treatments are constantly put under investigation as medical experts try to determine both the causes and the treatments of this affection.
A recent observational study has provided scientists with a new lead related to the factors that may cause an increase in the percentage of female patients suffering from endometrial cancer. For this purpose, they have carried out an investigation on all the medical records that have been registered in the period between 2000 and 2011.
The SEER data comprised information related to 120,513 women, the majority of them having been diagnosed with this disease somewhere in the interval between 60 and 69 years. The group of respondents was divided, based on patients’ ethnicity into four subcategories, namely, non-Hispanic white women (90,621), non-Hispanic black women (10,365), Asian women (8,141) and Hispanic women (11,386).
Statistics have revealed that significant increases have been registered among all the four ethnic groups during the nine-year interval of the study. However, further analyses have revealed that non-Hispanic black female patients were the first to develop endometrial cancer tumors with a 2.5 percentage registered every year.
The situation has been somewhat better for the rest of the respondents, although percentages are still high. According to scientists at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, non-Hispanic white women have had the smallest percentage of endometrial cancer incidences per year (0.6%), whereas 1.8% percent Hispanic women have been diagnosed with this disease every year, based on the new data.
Scientists have further compared the cancer subtypes of all the respondents to determine whether new observations could be made. They have found out that non-Hispanic black women have registered the biggest growth for all types of tumors.
Michele L. Cote, the lead author of the study has, nonetheless, stated that the study could see additional improvements. In her opinion, the SEER data must be complemented by the study of real endometrial tumors in order to determine whether non-Hispanic black women are more inclined to develop this disease or not.
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