A Special Message for African American Men about Prostate Cancer
Important Facts Every African American Should Know About Prostate Cancer
Every hour in the United States, three African American men are told they have prostate cancer.
In less than 100 minutes, another African American man will die from the disease.
In the single decade of the 1990’s, prostate cancer killed about 350,000 men, slightly more than the entire population of Cincinnati, Ohio.
African American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. In fact, the incidence rate for African American men is 60% higher than in white males.
The mortality (death) rate for African Americans with prostate cancer is double that of white males.
Prostate cancer is the fourth leading cause of death among African American men over the age of 45.
Us TOO strongly recommends that all African American men see their doctor for a digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test annually beginning at the age of 40 and to carefully track their PSA test score each year. An increase of 0.75 (or 25%) in your PSA score over the period of one year warrants further investigation.
Prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates are based on 2003-2004 estimates by the American Cancer Society