Why is important for minority populations to take part of cancer clinical trials?
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So what are cancer clinical trials and why is participation so important? Clinical trials are important to discovering new treatments and determining which forms of therapy are best for certain illnesses and groups of people. However, without representation from diverse populations, one cannot generalize the findings to all members of the population to see if treatments are safe and effective. Side effects and treatment responses may vary by age, race, ethnicity, and gender. Racial and ethnic minorities — particularly African Americans — bear the greatest cancer burden in the US. Yet, 83% of clinical trial participants are white, while only 6 % are African American and