Prostate Cancer Discriminates Black Men – The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) Holds a Free Summit

September 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

African Americans have urgent needs when it comes to prostate cancer. They have the highest incidence of the disease and experience more deaths than other race.

These statistics from many quarters tells it all. The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is holding a summit on this condition.

It is aimed at further creating awareness for this disease. Different sessions will hold and these are part of the programs to mark September as the prostate cancer awareness month. Here are more details:

As a 12-year prostate cancer survivor who lost my father and both grandfathers to this disease, I have made it my personal mission to increase awareness and understanding of this insidious disease among the African American community. Like most men, I was totally uninformed and unprepared for what I was about to face when I received my diagnosis.

Since then, I have immersed myself in learning all I can about prostate cancer and the challenges we face as black men.  In 2003, I founded the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) to focus on our unique and urgent needs. Here’s what I want every black man to understand:

  • Prostate cancer discriminates: African Americans are 60 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from it than any other racial or ethnic group nationwide.
  • We not only have a higher incidence and death rate from prostate cancer, but research also suggests that prostate cancer develops more rapidly in African American men, leading to a greater likelihood of more aggressive disease at an early age.
  • The Senate passed a resolution July 26 recognizing the occurrence of prostate cancer among African American men to be of epidemic proportions. This resolution was sponsored by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), a prostate cancer survivor, and it was co-sponsored by five senators who are also survivors.
  • President Obama issued a proclamation designating September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, in which he stated, “Prostate cancer is especially prevalent among African American men, who experience both the highest incidence and the highest mortality rates of prostate cancer.”

This week in the nation’s capital, PHEN is hosting its Eight Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit, where we bring leaders together from around the country with the goal of developing strategies for eliminating prostate cancer’s racial disparity. Coincidentally, the District has the highest incidence of prostate cancer nationwide and the second highest death rate in the country.

An expert panel has been assembled for our first session, to be held in the Russell Senate Building, titled “Why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendation Against Early Detection PSA Testing Should Not Apply to African Americans and Men With a Family History of Prostate Cancer.”  Click here to read more.

It is no longer news that African Americans are more at risk of being diagnosed of prostate cancer. With more awareness and early testing the disease can be treated early.

PHEN is taking a bold step to make Black Men understand the uniqueness of their case and the need to take realistic urgent steps in going for diagnosis.

Therefore, if you are a Black Man in America and can have access to this free submit, take advantage of it.

It sure is going to have lasting and helpful impact in dealing with this condition that kills about 30,000 men according to the American Cancer Society.

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