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Study finds twofold risk of dying from prostate cancer in black men


07/09/2015

A new analysis of prostate cancer data by ethnicity reveals Black men in England have a twofold risk of being diagnosed with and dying of the disease compared to their White and Asian counterparts. The study by Public Health England and Prostate cancer UK estimates that lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is 1 in 4 for Black men, 1 in 8 for White men and 1 in 13 for Asian men.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK and it is predicted to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country. In some cases lack of symptoms mean prostate cancer may never be clinically diagnosed.

Factors underlying Black's men higher risk of developing or dying of prostate cancer remain unclear due to their under enumeration in clinical trials and lack of available ethnicity data. Until now only Black Men’s relative risk of developing prostate cancer compared to White men was known.

The findings of the above study are thus significant as they provide information on Black Men’s personal risk of developing and dying of prostate cancer. A recent survey by AHPN showed lack of awareness about prostate cancer to be significant among Black African and Black Caribbean. 48% of participants under the age of 30,17% of those aged between 30 and 39 and a tenth of those aged between 40 and 70 did not know anything about prostate cancer problems.

Lifetime risk data will be vital in spreading awareness amongst Black Men,healthcare professionals and the community. To increase screening uptake and early detection of Prostate cancer among Black Men in the UK.

In this regard, a recent roadshow initiative by Prostate cancer UK has been launched across England to spread the word on Black Men’s increased risk of developing and dying of prostate cancer. The road show will take place from the 8th of August to the 13th of September. More information on events’ times and locations can be found on Prostate cancer UK’s website.