Study: Prostate surgery outcomes worse for black men
The National Urban League Wire
Published: Fri. Aug 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Updated: Fri. Aug 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Comments: 0

Med City News: Prostate surgery outcomes worse across the board for black men

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black men needing surgery for advanced prostate cancer seem to have worse outcomes than white men, according to a new study.

Based on data collected from hospitals in three states, black men who had their prostates removed were more likely to need blood transfusions, stay in the hospital longer and die while hospitalized compared to white men.

They also had lower quality of care, the research suggested. Compared to whites, black men were 27 percent less likely to have their surgery at a hospital that routinely removes prostates and 33 percent less likely to be seen by a surgeon experienced in the procedure, known as radical prostatectomy.

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