Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and the Rutgers University Cancer Institute of New Jersey, are investigating what it is about our neighborhoods that may increase a Black man’s risk of dying from prostate cancer.
The project has been awarded $391,299 worth of funding as part of the charity Prostate Cancer Research’s racial disparities research program, aimed at addressing the health inequities in prostate cancer faced by Black men.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the US and it disproportionately affects the African-American community, with African-American men more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as white men.
Dr Hari Iyer and Professor Timothy Rebbeck will leverage two new national datasets to discover features of neighborhoods that could be used to identify where people are at greater risk of prostate cancer. They will then correlate what they find with known barriers that prevent African-American men from accessing the PSA blood test which is used to diagnose prostate cancer. Ultimately, they hope to design and simulate interventions that could inform policymakers not only what to do to reduce the prostate cancer racial inequity, but also could tell us which areas most urgently need to be targeted.