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(BPRW) Prostate Cancer Screening Saves Lives, Especially Among Black Men The American Cancer Society is urging the Black community to talk to a doctor about screening this Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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September 5, 2023

(Black PR Wire) ATLANTA, GA – Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed among
people born with a prostate in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society’s 2023
Cancer Facts and Figures, prostate cancer mortality has declined by 50% since 1991, however the
decline has slowed likely due to the increasing number of advanced stage prostate cancer diagnoses.
Black men are 70% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than White men, and over twice as
likely to die from the disease.

Prostate Cancer in the United States
This year, more than 288,300 people in the U.S. will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis. Black men are
more likely to be diagnosed in an advanced stage.

There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Age, race, ethnicity, geography, and genes are all
factors that might affect a person’s risk. A family history of prostate cancer also increases risk, especially
if the family member was under 50 years old when diagnosed. Although the effects of body weight,
physical activity, and diet on prostate cancer risk aren’t clear, there are things you can do that might
help lower your risk, such as being physically active and following a healthy diet.

Screening Saves Lives
The prostate is a gland that makes some of the fluid that is part of semen. Prostate cancer begins when
cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. It usually has no symptoms until the disease is
advanced. However, prostate cancer can often be found early through screening because it is usually
slow growing. When detected in early stages, the five-year relative survival rate across all races
approaches 100%.

The American Cancer Society recommends anyone who has a prostate talk to a healthcare provider to
make an informed decision about prostate cancer screening. Black and African American men should
talk to their doctor at age 45.

“Detecting prostate cancer early can lead to more effective treatment and improved outcomes,” said Dr.
Bill Dahut, chief scientific officer at the American Cancer Society. “Along with encouraging everyone to
talk with their health care team about being screened, we’re being intentional about facilitating access
to quality prostate cancer screening and care. If you know someone who has a prostate, share that
screening is the best way to increase the chances of detecting prostate cancer early when outcomes are

The American Cancer Society’s new campaign “I love you, get screened” reinforces that message and
reminds everyone – not just men – about the real reason cancer screening is important. It saves lives.

Surviving a Cancer Diagnosis
Once diagnosed, prostate cancer can have a tremendous physical, emotional, and financial impact.
“As more people are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society is continuing to focus
on health equity by providing needed support to people living with cancer,” said Tawana Thomas Johnson, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at the American Cancer Society. “Our patient
support programs are available to reduce barriers for anyone going through cancer treatment.”

People with cancer can find support in the following areas:

  • Community Connection – The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network is a peer
    support community for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, families, and friends. It provides a
    free, online safe place for anyone impacted by cancer to share interests and experiences.
  • Access to Treatment – Maintaining a consistent treatment schedule is important in effectively
    managing prostate cancer, but it is not easy for everyone to get to treatment appointments due
    to cost, distance or ability. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program and Hope
    Lodge communities ensures anyone who needs a ride or a place to stay during treatment has
    one free of charge.
  • Education – The American Cancer Society’s survivorship guidelines outline how to live well
    during and after treatment.
    To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s work to reverse disparities for Black men and
    improve prostate cancer outcomes, visit

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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