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African-American Men & Risk Factors

African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease. Although scientists do not yet understand why prostate cancer incidence and death rates are higher among African-American men, it is widely believed that it is a combination of genetic differences, lifestyle, nutritional habits and medical care may all play a role in the statistics.

This page was created in an effort to educate and inform African-American men and their family on disease discrepancies, including the latest research in prostate cancer. The following resources and articles will be updated on a continuous basis.


The Prostate Cancer Foundation
Straight Talk for African-American Men and Their Families

The Prostate Cancer Foundation
A Top 10 List of Epidemiological Factors at Stake for African-Americans

The Prostate Cancer Foundation
African-Americans: At Higher Risk for Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate Cancer Discriminates: Understanding the Unique and Urgent needs of Black Men

Time Magazine
The Link Between Early Baldness and Prostate Cancer - 03.27.2013

Science Daily
Living in Ethnically Homogenous Area Boosts Health of Minority Seniors, Study Finds - 10.18.2012

The Washington Informer
Prostate Cancer Hits African American Men Especially Hard - 10.04.2012

News OK
Bone Health Critical Issue for Men with Prostate Cancer - 10.02.2012


PCF wants to spread the word in the African-American community about these statistics. If you are putting on a community event, PCF would be happy to provide, Straight Talk for African-American Men and Their Families, in bulk for your event. Contact Shavaun Rigler at srigler@pcf.org with your event details.

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