U.S. blacks are at greater risk for these diseases than whites. The NCI and collaborators in New Jersey, Detroit, and Atlanta carried out a large-scale investigation to identify risk factors for these diseases among blacks and whites resident in these areas. Data have been collected from more than 2,000 cases (multiple myeloma, 587; pancreas 527; prostate, 1,000) and 2,100 controls approximately equally divided between blacks and whites. Investigators have studied the roles of potential risk factors including occupational exposures, tobacco, alcohol, dietary and nutritional factors, viruses, medical conditions, and socioeconomic status.
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