5 New Genes Linked To Prostate Cancer

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(BlackDoctor.org) — Prostate cancer may not be at the top of your list of topics for dinner conversation. But you might reconsider, especially if you’re a Black man.

Black men tend to have significantly higher rates of prostate cancer, and the disease tends to be more advanced and harder to cure at the time of diagnosis.

• Black men have a higher chance of dying from their prostate cancer and should therefore start prostate cancer screening with yearly PSA tests and physical exams at age 40, and even earlier if a strong family history of prostate cancer exists.

• In 2007, African American men were 1.4 times, respectively, more likely to have new cases of prostate cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men.

• African American men develop prostate cancer 60% more often than white men.