I wanted to post because us men have a hard time excepting someone checking our prostate. The test messes with your mind if you are not gay. It causes younger men to not want to take the test. But hopefully this information will help all men to get the test done early in their lives so that they can live a long and healthy life.
The test is quick and painless. You should have it done NOW!
Black men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
African-American men have a 1 in 4 risk of getting prostate cancer compared the 1 in 8 risk of white men, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.
Black men suffer the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates among men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds in the U.S. According to the Prostate Heath Education Network (PHEN), “This racial disparity is the largest for any major cancer and all African American men are deemed to be at high – risk for prostate cancer.”
Most prostate cancer–related deaths are due to advanced disease, which results from any combination of lymphatic, blood, or contiguous local spread, known as metastatic prostate cancer.
Here are 11 highly critical facts about prostate cancer and metastatic prostate cancer that Black men and their support networks must know.
Black men must be screened earlier
The American Cancer Society suggests age 50 for the general population and age 45 for Black men. PHEN recommends baseline PSA testing for Black men (and others deemed high risk) beginning at age 40.
Black men are at greater risk for aggressive prostate cancer.
A study from Johns Hopkins found that Black men were not only more likely to have higher-grade cancer and larger tumors, but to experience recurrence of cancer compared with White men.
Prostate cancer can spread.
Metastatic prostate cancer is when the cancer begins in the prostate gland and spreads to other parts of the body.
Where does prostate cancer spread to?
Metastatic prostate cancer usually spreads to the bones, lungs and brain.
What are symptoms of metastatic prostate cancer?
Symptoms include severer stiffness, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, problems with urinating, and bone pain.
The risk of developing metastatic cancer are high.
50 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer have a risk of developing metastatic cancer at some point in their lives. More specifically, Jamaican and African men have a greater risk of developing metastatic prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer that has spread isn’t an automatic death sentence.
When it comes to metastatic prostate cancer, the goal is to prevent it from spreading anywhere else in the body, while also treating the areas where the cancer already spread.
There are several treatment options.
Metastatic prostate cancer treatment options include hormone therapy, radiation, therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
There is no cure.
Although several treatment options are being used to help men with metastatic prostate cancer live longer, there is no cure.
But, there is hope!
Every man’s prostate cancer journey is different. Life expectancies of men who have been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer continue to increase along with a better quality of life. For Black men, it goes back to preventative care and early diagnosis.