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Prostate Cancer Coalition Formed for Smart Screening and AA Men

on Wednesday, 31 August 2016. Posted in Community Connections with Jade Harrell, Recently Added

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Jade Harrell with Dr. Lannis Hall and Dr. Arnold Bullock of the Prostate Cancer Coalition.

 

In this interview, Dr. Hall and Dr. Bullock discuss the findings, the urgency and the life-saving difference Smart Screening can have in the lives of high-risk men of color.

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (authorized by Congress) determined that PSA prostate screening tests were no longer necessary for men who do not show symptoms or family history of the disease.

 

Dr. Hall and Dr. Bullock teamed with a coalition of health care providers and survivors in the Saint Louis Region to advocate Smart Screening for African American men and men with strong family histories of prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Coalition outreach is an effort to address the glaring disparity in survival rates between African-American men and other ethnic groups.

 

Stats:

  • African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer and the highest mortality rate of any ethnic/racial group. 1 in 6 African American men will get prostate cancer.
  • African American men are 2.3 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than any other racial group.

 

However, if prostate cancer is detected early, the survival rate is excellent regardless of race or ethnicity.

 

If you are an African American male age 45 or older, visit your doctor and ask about prostate cancer screening options. We advocate for Smart Screening and informed decision making. Knowledge is power!

 

Learn more and visit http://prostatecancercoalitionstl.org/

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