National Minority Health Month is observed every year in April to call attention to the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and the ways in which society can help advance health equality.

At the Prostate Cancer Foundation, we’ve been investing in research that targets these disparities for over 20 years.

Each year 3 million men in the U.S. battle prostate cancer and on average 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. However, there are significant racial disparities in the impact of the disease, particularly for African American men. Compared to men of other ethnicities, African American men are 76% more likely to develop prostate cancer and 2.2 times more likely to die of it. Research indicates a number of disparities for African American men including longer wait times between diagnosis and treatment, more sides effects and higher costs of care over time.

The good news is not every African American man will get prostate cancer and if detected early, the disease is 99% treatable.

This April, PCF is urging African American men to Know The Numbers. Take the quiz below to understand your risk, and share with everyone you know to help raise awareness towards closing the disparity gap.

I am honored to serve as an ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and to use my platform to raise awareness about this insidious disease which has affected so many people close to me. In honor of those I have lost, I am encouraging all men, including African Americans who are at heightened risk, to take steps to reduce their risk for developing prostate cancer or to catch it early enough to survive it.” – Harry Lennix

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