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Prostate Cancer Death: African-American men

May 14, 2016

Geraldine A. Collier’s April 20, 2016 article, Searching for reasons African-American men face increased risk of prostate cancer in the telegram.com stated, “Not only are African-American men approximately 125 percent more likely than Caucasians to develop prostate cancer, they are also 150 percent more likely to die (see charts in article), especially young men in their 40’s, because of a more aggressive form of the malignancy.”

In the article, Dr. William J. Catalona a prostate cancer surgeon who pioneered the development of Prostate-Specific Antigen PSA testing acknowledged, “Early detection holds the most promise to save the lives of African-American men and men of African descent.” He went on to say, “I was in practice before we had PSA testing and we used to see so much advanced disease; then most of the patients we saw (after PSA testing was instituted) had early stage disease and were curable. Now it’s like going back in time, being in a time machine.”

More men are showing up with advance prostate cancer, which doesn’t respond well to treatment ─ a fixable conundrum ─ just modify the 2012 American Cancer Society decision and encourage PSA testing for at risk men, especially African-Americans.

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