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  •  nope, but close :) (5+ / 0-)

    Her grandfather worked in the motor pool and her mom's baby brother died at 7 years old of this same type of leukemia. So those studies about linking particular cancers with both inherited and environmental factors might just be onto something.

    My wife is the child of two immigrants, Irish and Greek, so most USians would describe her as white--no common gene pool with AAs, anyhow. I suspect that the chemical impacts on her mother were passed on through both prenatal transmission and breast milk, along with the genes susceptible to mutation under pressure from those particular chemicals.

    My guess is that in the event that I live to be 91, like my remaining grandparent, there will be a lot more data around to show the links between environment and specific genetics in the causes of cancers. And that the demographic stereotyping that we substitute for knowledge about cancer (black men who worked handling petrochemicals) will seem as outlandish as leeches do to us.

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    by PhoenixRising on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:06:18 PM PST

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    •  I think you're probably right. Both the genetics (4+ / 0-)
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      and the epigenetics must be considered; that's the wave of the future.
      Actually, oddly enough, that gives me some hope--epigenetics might be more within our direct control. At least that's what I'm working on now!

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:16:21 PM PST

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    •  The whole "black men in petrochemicals" (3+ / 0-)
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      explanation always seemed suspect.  My sister was working as a banker in Chicago, and we are white, European decent.  She used to joke about her secret live as a black Texas oilman.  The only thing I could think of was that Mom died of a mystery cancer (never diagnosed), but it was found the same way as my sisters' cancer, so I always wondered if it was potentially an inherited susceptibility.  

      •  One of our friends said (5+ / 0-)

        "That is the best disguise I have ever seen!" when she learned that my wife had this cancer and had been misdiagnosed because of her demographics.

        We still laugh about that. Also about the fact that I have a type of cancer that is pretty much exclusively a white thing to have. The whitest thing about me is...amelanotic melanoma next to a bright blue pupil!

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        by PhoenixRising on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:24:40 PM PST

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