Addressing disparities in prostate cancer death rates between black and white men

first_img Read Full Story African-American men with prostate cancer die at almost 2½ times the rate of white men in the United States. One explanation is that they receive unequal access to health care, but that doesn’t fully account for the disparity, according to Timothy Rebbeck, a professor of cancer epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He believes that there may be biological differences behind more aggressive cancers in men of African descent.Rebbeck spoke at Cancer Disparities + Diversity in Life Sciences, held at the UMASS Club in Boston on Oct. 11, 2017. The event was part of HUBweek, which is sponsored by Harvard, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Boston Globe.Rebbeck highlighted work by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to gather data on more Americans to diversify research and improve health outcomes.“We should have been doing this 20 years ago,” Rebbeck said, “but at least there are large efforts trying to find out how to make this happen now, so we should be optimistic about what can happen in the future.”Read The Boston Globe article: Scientists aim to address racial and ethnic disparities in cancer researchlast_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Black Stars play out disappointing 0-0 draw with Cameroon

first_imgThe BlackStars of Ghana played out a disappointing 0-0 draw against Cameroon in their second Group F game at the Africa Cup of Nations.Richard Ofori saved superbly in the first half to deny Cameroon a goal and Kwabena Owusu hit the cross bar late on for Ghana in a game players like Thomas Partey and Kwadwo Asamoah would have wished never happened.Kassim Nuhu missed two glorious chances in the space of 2 minutes. First, he sliced Mubarak Wakaso’s corner wide before sending another shot wildly over the bar after being teed up by center back partner Jonathan Mensah.On 15 minutes, Christian Atsu’s night ended even before it could begin. After cutting inside to fire a carpet shot inches wide, he went down with a muscle problem and was replaced by Samuel Owusu, who, just like in the first game against Benin, got thrown into the action much earlier than when he himself would have anticipated.Cameroon has set up to play on the counter and every time they went forward, they caused Ghana problems. On one of those occasions Jonathan Mensah’s last ditch tackle was needed to clear the danger.Minutes later, Baba Rahman have the ball away in his own half, Cameroon streamed forward in numbers and Christian Bassagog found himself free in the box and fired for the top corner. But Richard Ofori saved superbly and Ghana went into the break lucky to not be behind.Back from the break, Wakaso’s shot wide from long range and Kassim Nuhu’s yellow card for elbowing his opponent were the significant highlights of the first 20 minutes of the second half as Ghana struggled to create chances.Kwesi Appiah brought on Asamoah Gyan for Kwadwo Asamoah to try and force the occasion.Kwabena Owusu made instant impact when he came on for captain Andre Ayew, stealing possession before weaving his way through to unleash a fiery strike that skidded off the top of Andre Onana’s cross bar.That was to be the last notable action of a disappointing display from Kwesi Appiah’s men who have failed to win a game in their opening 2 games.They will now need to beat Guinea Bissau on Tuesday to stand a chance of qualifying to the round of 16.last_img read more