While 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, PCF encourages men throughout the year to Know the Numbers. Take the quiz below to find out your risk for prostate cancer.
At the Prostate Cancer Foundation, we’ve been investing in research that targets these disparities for over 28 years. Learn more about PCF’s latest health equity research initiative on early detection for men of African descent.
There are currently more than 3 million men in the U.S. battling prostate cancer, and 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. However, there are significant racial disparities in the impact of the disease, particularly for Black men. Compared to non-Hispanic White men, Black men are over 75% more likely to develop prostate cancer and more than 2 times more likely to die of it. Research indicates a number of disparities for Black men including longer wait times between diagnosis and treatment, more side effects, and being less likely to receive optimal care.
The good news is not every Black man will get prostate cancer, and if detected early, the disease is 99% treatable.
This April, PCF and actor Harry Lennix (The Blacklist) are urging Black 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.