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Prostate Cancer Rates Rising in Black Men

February 16, 2023 • 9:38 am CST
City of Hope Feb. 15, 2023
(Vax Before Cancer)

Recent American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics show a concerning increase in prostate cancer cases, particularly among Black men, wrote Abe Rosenberg with the City of Hope.

On February 15, 2023, the new data indicated cancer mortality rates have decreased by 33% in the last three decades.

After decades of decline, prostate cancer rates increased by 3% annually from 2014 to 2019.

And there is a significant increase among men presenting with later-stage prostate cancer.

Furthermore, according to the ACS report, Black men have a 70% higher prostate cancer incidence rate than white men, and they are two to four times more likely to die of prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. 

“People got confused,” commented urologic surgeon Diana Londoño, M.D., assistant clinical professor in the Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology, Department of Surgery, who sees patients at City of Hope’s Glendora clinical network location.

Dr. Londono emphasized the importance of regular screenings, especially postpandemic, as people resume seeing their doctors regularly.

To reach out to underserved communities where cancer rates are high, ACS unveiled a new initiative called IMPACT (Improve Mortality From Prostate Cancer Together), aimed at reducing prostate cancer disparities in Black men and deaths from prostate cancer for all men by 2035.

The Center for Community Outreach and Engagement runs several programs aimed at the same result. 

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