What patients think and understand can impact their decisions and their outcomes

It has long been appreciated that African-American males have higher risk for diagnosis with prostate cancer, and higher risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality, than those of other ethnic origins living in the US. … READ MORE …

Chris Haiman is looking for 10,000 black men (with prostate cancer)!

The RESPOND study, which was initiated in July last year, appears to be the largest-ever study of risk factors for prostate cancer among the African American community, and probably among Black men worldwide. … READ MORE …

A national study of prostate cancer in African Americans

The National Cancer Institute has invested over $20 million in a new study that will attempt to enroll 10,000 African-American men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer: the RESPOND study. … READ MORE …

On statins: a race-related update

It is relatively common knowledge — although never actually proven in a large, randomized, placebo-controlled trial — that statins like rosuvastatin (Crestor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) may be helpful in the management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Why do African Americans do better on Provenge than whites?

In general, being of African American race is not a good thing when it comes to prostate cancer-related risk (for getting diagnosed with the disease or for outcomes over time). However, … … READ MORE …

More about screening … current and future issues

So there are two new articles recently published on the prostate cancer screening issue. One deals with the numbers of men  in America who seem to be getting screened today. The other addresses whether there should be different guidance on prostate cancer screening for African Americans as opposed to “the rest of us” (Caucasians, Hispanics, and “white” Americans). … READ MORE …

“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. … READ MORE …