Precursor state to bone marrow cancer more prevalent in African-American population
A condition that can lead to a type of bone marrow cancer is more likely to have an earlier age of onset in African Americans, a study finds
A US study has found that a condition that can progress to some forms of blood cancer is more common in African-American people.
The condition, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), is a precursor state to multiple myeloma – a type of bone marrow cancer.
Using data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers examined prevalence patterns of MGUS across an ethnically diverse population.
MGUS was found in 63 out of a sample of 12,372 people; 34 were recorded as black; 17 were Mexican American; nine were white and three were ‘other’.
An earlier occurrence of MGUS was found in people who are black compared with those who...
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