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When Prostate Cancer Is Not the Only Challenge

Prostate cancer is not a cookie-cutter disease; it’s different in every man because of distinct genetic, immune, and environmental factors.   But it’s even more complicated than we knew, and the solution requires precision medicine.  In prostate cancer, there is no “one size fits all” treatment, and the reason is that. Read More


What is National Minority Health Month?

National Minority Health Month is observed each year in April to raise awareness of health disparities among racial and ethnic minority communities and spur action to overcome these injustices. The origin dates back to 1915, when Black educator and leader Booker T. Washington launched National Health Improvement Week (later National. Read More


How PCF is Furthering Health Equity and Combating Prostate Cancer Disparities

In the U.S., 1 in 8 men in their lifetime will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. But the disease does not affect all men equally. 1 in 6 Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and they are more than 2 times as likely to die. Read More


Focus on Disparities Research in Prostate Cancer

During Black History Month, we honor and celebrate the contributions of Black people in art, science, politics, and many other areas. As the theme of Black History Month this year is Black Health & Wellness, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of efforts to combat systemic racism and reduce. Read More


Rewriting the Story for Black Men, Part 4:

If you are overweight, if you smoke, are sedentary, or if you eat a high-fat, high-carb, low-vegetable diet, you are doing prostate cancer a favor:  you’re making sure it has a very hospitable environment. “Cancer is also a chronic disease,” explains PCF-funded physician-scientist Kosj Yamoah, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncologist and. Read More


Rewriting the Story for Black Men, Part 3:

“It might seem racist to say that cancer is different in Black men than it is in other men,” says PCF-funded physician-scientist Kosj Yamoah, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncologist and cancer epidemiologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.  “But that couldn’t be further from the truth: it’s not about race. . Read More


Rewriting the Story for Black Men, Part 2:

Not only does prostate cancer tend to start at a younger age, and to be more aggressive, in some Black men: it also tends to start in a different part of the prostate!  And not only is it often in a different part (the anterior region of the prostate, behind. Read More


Rewriting the Story for Black Men, Part 1:

If you are of African descent, you are at higher risk of getting prostate cancer.  However, says PCF-funded physician-scientist Kosj Yamoah, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, this news should not make you feel defeated.  Instead, use this knowledge as. Read More


A Not-So-Good Practice Proves Harmful in African-American Men

It wasn’t that great of an idea to start with: giving hormonal therapy to lower testosterone in men with localized prostate cancer to make them eligible for radiation seed treatment.  The idea is that a short course of hormonal therapy – usually a shot of Lupron or Zoladex – will. Read More


Genes that Discriminate

“African-American men are discriminated against by prostate cancer, and for the first time, we know why.”  This was oncologist Jonathan Simons, M.D., CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, talking to the Congressional Black Caucus at a special symposium on prostate cancer. Simons was telling the lawmakers about the trailblazing work. Read More