Posts Tagged ‘prostate cancer’

African American cancer survival rate improving, but still much lower than whites

Friday, February 4th, 2011

(Technorati) African Americans in the U.S. have the highest rates of death for most cancers even with an overall decrease in mortality. I know that’s confusing — it’s saying the percentages are higher in blacks than whites, but overall the rate of death has gone down. This is according to a 2010 American Cancer Society report on African Americans and cancer that was recently released. “African Americans are disproportionately represented in lower socioeconomic groups,” Otis Brawley, the chief medical offer of the American Cancer Society said. So poorer people overall have higher cancer death rates.

Compared to whites, death rates were 32 percent higher among African American men and 16 percent higher among African American women; the statistics are from 2007, the last year measured.

The most common form of cancer among African American males is prostate cancer at 40 percent of cases; 15 percent have lung cancer and 9 percent colon and rectal cancer.

For African American women, breast cancer is the most common, lung cancer is second with 13 percent, and 11 percent colon and rectal cancer.

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Raising awareness of prostate cancer among #AfricanAmericans, whose incidence rate is 60% higher than avg.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

(WABC) Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. For African American the numbers can be frightening. Rates of prostate cancer in the US are 60 percent higher among African American men.

Long before social networking and the flood of information on the Internet, the barber shop was the original social club where men gathered to talk politics, sports, and in recent times, about prostate cancer.

“We cracked jokes about it, reading the pamphlets,” said Virgil Simons, the founder of The Prostate Net.

This idea of using the barber to spread the message about prostate health in minority communities was the brainchild of Simons, who created The Prostate Net website right after he recovered from prostate cancer surgery.

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