USF, Moffitt to study rates of cancer across race
Why are black men 71 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men in Florida? And three times more likely to die from the disease? The University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center are getting $6 million to try to find out. The five-year federal grant will create a National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities center of excellence. It will be one of three in Florida, and 50 in the nation. The work will focus on research and education, with outreach to minority and underserved communities. The initial study will examine molecular causes that may account for the disproportionately higher rates. Researchers are also studying whether isoflavones, a plant-derived estrogen in soy products, could prevent prostate cancer or delay its progression in this population.