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Updated statistics with estimated new cases and deaths for 2013 (cited American Cancer Society as reference 1).
Revised text to state that from 2005 to 2009 the overall age-adjusted incidence rate was 236 per 100,000 for African American men and 146.9 per 100,000 for white men (cited Howlader et al. as reference 10).
Revised text to state that cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute indicated that between 2002 and 2008 the proportion of disease diagnosed at a locoregional stage and at a distant stage was 93% and 4% for whites, compared with 91% and 6% for African Americans, respectively.
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