By: Gerardo Sison
In the US, it’s not a question of whether African American men face poorer outcomes from prostate cancer. For every 100,000 white men, there are 105.7 new cases of prostate cancer and for every 100,000 black men, there are 178.3 new cases of prostate cancer.
While thousands of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, the risk of black men dying from low-grade prostate cancer is twice that of men of other races. To put this into perspective, the vast majority of men who are diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer are more likely to die from causes other than prostate cancer. A research study from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute which was published in JAMA indicates that the risk of prostate cancer may be underestimated in African American men. This study found that black men diagnosed with prostate cancer classified as low risk (Gleason 6 grade cancer) may actually have a more aggressive form of the disease that is more likely to be fatal. While many patients with Gleason 6 disease opt for surveillance rather than treatment, the study found that black men had twice the mortality rate and thus should pursue treatment more often than not. Click below to read more