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What Black Men Should Know About Prostate Cancer Screening

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According to findings published in  NIH’s U.S. National Library of Medicine, black men pose a higher risk of developing, and possibly dying as a result of prostate cancer, when compared with white men. This has led some researchers to believe that race-based screening guidelines are important. 

The Earlier Black Men Get Screened, the Better

Ruth Etzioni, senior author of the study who is with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s division of public health sciences located in Seattle states,

“It’s known that incidence of prostate cancer is 60 percent higher among black men in the United States than among white men. Moreover, their death rate from prostate cancer is more than twice as high.”

She continued,

“There is a need for clinical guidelines around prostate cancer screening that are specific to Black men.”

What the Numbers Look Like

The results of the study indicate that  30 percent to 43 percent of black men develop pre-clinical prostate cancer with no symptoms by the time they are 85. According to the authors of the study, this rate represents an increase in risk of 28 percent to 56 percent higher than other men.

Additionally, the risk of black men being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer is 44 percent to 75 percent higher than the general population.

By: Danielle Dixon

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