We urgently need more research
Racial disparities among men with prostate cancer are among the largest for any common cancer. Each year in the US, approximately 1 in 4 Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer compared with 1 in 8 white men, and it is estimated that Black men are 2.2 times more likely to die from prostate cancer each year.
Our analysis has revealed that very little is being done to address this, leading us to take both an awareness-raising and a research initiative in 2021.
Much more research is needed, not just to establish why Black men are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer, but also to understand if a person’s ethnicity plays a role in their likelihood to benefit from specific cancer treatments. More understanding is also needed of the societal differences faced by Black men with prostate cancer and the impact it has on their quality of life.