3 Ways to Get Ahead of Prostate Cancer
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important for Black men to take the necessary precautions in fighting off the disease.
According to ZeroCancer.org, prostate cancer is affecting Black men at a considerably more alarming rate than white men and other groups:
“African American men are at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer over white men and other men of color. One in six African American men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. Overall, African American men are 1.8 times more likely to be diagnosed with—and 2.2 times more likely to die from—prostate cancer than white men. African American men are also slightly more likely than white men to be diagnosed with advanced disease.”
However, there are positive numbers as well.
“Fortunately, the racial divide for prostate cancer outcomes is narrowing. Overall, the five-year relative survival rate for African American men diagnosed with prostate cancer is 97%, which means that if an African American man is diagnosed with prostate cancer today, at any stage, there is a 97% chance he will be alive in five years. When the disease is caught early, this rate increases to nearly 100%.”
But the keywords are “when the disease is caught early,” highlighting the importance of tackling the potential of a diagnosis as soon as possible.
Here are 3 ways to get ahead of prostate cancer:
During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the West Angeles Church jointly present: “How Much do You Know about Prostate Cancer?” This virtual meeting will center on raising awareness about prostate cancer among high-risk populations, discuss early detection, the latest research and treatment options, survival, risk factors, and lifestyle choices. Click below to register for the meeting.
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 8:30-10:00 AM PDT