“Black lives matter” when it comes to prostate cancer too

In an OpEd in today’s New York Times, there is a passionate plea for greater focus on the risks and dangers that prostate cancer presents to African-American men.

Dr. Lannis Hall and colleagues from the Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, lay out the issues related to the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rate for prostate cancer among African-Americans. You can read the entire, concise article on line without our need to interpret this for you.

We would, however, just quote one key point that the authors make:

In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began its Healthy People 2020 program, which among other things calls for a reduction of prostate cancer mortality by 10 percent, to 21.8 deaths per 100,000 men. But without a smarter approach to screening, this goal is unachievable for African-American men.

One Response

  1. All lives matter.

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