American Cancer Society Urges the Black Community to Pay Close Attention to Prostate Health




Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of cancer death among Americans with prostates. This year alone, more than a quarter million people in the U.S. will receive the diagnosis. With approximately 1 in 4 Black men expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime compared to 1 in 8 White men, the Black community is disproportionately impacted due to long-standing health inequalities.

To address this issue and save lives, the American Cancer Society  recommends Black people born with prostates speak with their doctor and make an informed decision about screening. There are usually no symptoms until the disease is advanced. Screening can catch cancer early and make it easier to find effective treatment options.

Talk to a doctor about prostate cancer screening if you are:

  • 40 or older and have more than one close family member who had prostate cancer
  • 45 or older and Black or have a close family member who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before they turned 65
  • 50 or older and have no family history of prostate cancer