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After taking account of age, the researchers found that men with prostate cancer were 4.8 times more likely than men without prostate cancer to have a brother with prostate cancer, and 3.8 times more likely to have a sister with breast cancer.

“Collecting a family history of prostate and breast cancer, particularly among siblings, could be a key component in the clinical assessment of prostate cancer risk among African-American men,” the team writes.

“A well-documented family history of all cancer among first-degree relatives may signal a need for more aggressive prostate cancer screening practices and the adoption of screening at an earlier age,” they add.

Cancer In Sister Affects Black Men’s Cancer Risk  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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