African-American Prostate Cancer Crisis (ARCHIVES)

“Disgraceful Tragedy”

By Jacqueline Strax

New York, January 15 1998. African-American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world and the lowest rate of survival. The head of the American Cancer Society (ACS), Charles J. McDonald, MD, says: “Black men in America are 1.5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer and are 2 to 3 times more likely to die of the disease than white men.”

Chart 1973-92
Prostate cancer incidence and mortality by race and age. USA Cancer Statistics 1973-92 .

Prostate cancer, particularly among African Americans, is “a disgraceful tragedy that needs immediate and drastic action,” says John R. Kelly, a board director of the American Cancer Society. The ACS has issued a National Blueprint for Action on prostate cancer, promising to spend $8 to $10 million annually. The following chart shows the gap widening between African American men and all other US men. Continue reading “African-American Prostate Cancer Crisis (ARCHIVES)”