If You’re a Black Man, You’re Twice as Likely to Die from Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is, aside from skin cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed in American men. Hundreds of thousands of men are diagnosed with the disease every year, and statistically about 1 out of every 41 men will eventually die of prostate cancer.

Perhaps the most dramatic statistic when it comes to prostate cancer in the United States is the way that prevalence varies among different racial groups. Among four groups —white, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, and Hispanic — the rate of new diagnoses is anywhere between 49.6 and 90.2 per 100,000 men.

For African-American men, however, the rates are much higher, with 158.3 new diagnoses per 100,000 men. In fact, African-American men are twice as likely to die from the disease as white men.

This disparity is nothing new — but…

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