Race is not an independent predictor of positive surgical margins after radical prostatectomy
Early Detection of Cancer
Positive surgical margins are a widely accepted surrogate marker of increased biologic potential in patients with prostate cancer. In our study population, race was not an independent predictor of surgical margin status. Coupled with observations that survival is not related to race, this finding suggests that the biology of prostate cancer in African-American and white men is similar and that observed racial differences more likely are due to ethnic factors that influence tumorigenicity.