More than 40,000 of the nearly 80,500 new cases of bladder cancer estimated to be diagnosed in 2019 will be found in smokers.
All Americans should be given equal opportunities to pursue their best lives, and that includes being cancer-free. For many African-America men, we still have ground to cover.
As we observe National Minority Cancer Awareness week, we are reminded that African-American men are still 76% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men, and they are 2.2 times more likely to die from it. (Prostate Cancer Foundation)
Some important prostate cancer facts:
Whether or not genetics contribute to prostate cancer in African-American men is being explored. The National Institutes of Health and the Prostate Cancer Foundation in July 2018 launched a $26.5 million study to research the biological and non-biological factors.
Environmental conditions, such as socioeconomic status, do contribute, according to ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. According to ZERO, African-American men also may be less aware of the PSA screening option.
These cancer-prevention tips could help all men, regardless of race:
To learn more about prostate cancer, prevention and PSA screening options, visit our web page dedicated to the disease here.
To take a quiz to determine risks, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s National Minority Health Month page.
If going to the bathroom is spooking you, there may be reasons beyond a potential illness.
The number of men expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year could nearly populate the entire city of Fort Lauderdale. That image doesn’t exactly conjure a day at the beach. But it does have a silver lining, which is this: All men do have the ability to limit their risks and identify symptoms…