African Americans and Prostate Cancer

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Many African Americans and men of other ethnic groups suffer from the same condition; prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a disease where abnormal cells form in the bladder or prostate. African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with this condition because it tends to affect men who are African American. Men who are overweight, have a family history of prostate cancer or have African-Related Blood Diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, are at greater risk for this condition.

African Americans and prostate cancer can have similar symptoms. In fact, about half of all African Americans diagnosed with prostate cancer also display signs of an enlarged prostate, such as blood in urine or semen. Because African Americans are more likely than other men to be diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and have a blood test result of “susceptible” PSA levels, they tend to be diagnosed with this condition earlier than white men. Men who were diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, the most common cause of prostate cancer, had their cancers detected on the physician’s second visit. On the first visit, the doctor may notice small or inflamed prostate. At this time, African Americans have the highest chance of being diagnosed with the condition.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common causes of death by cancer among men in America. African Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and men in rural areas have the highest prostate cancer incidence. This disease often goes undiagnosed or untreated for years. Patients and their family members may incorrectly think that there is no need for further medical care or that the man will grow out of condition.

As an African American manages, he is at increased risk of developing prostate cancer, but this does not mean that he must reach 70 to be at risk. If a man wants to keep his prostate healthy, he needs to live a healthy life and care for himself. The first step to take is to get regular exams. A physical exam and examination of the urinary tract are always encouraged for men, especially if they smoke or have other conditions such as diabetes.

If there is a positive assessment of a man’s prostate health, he should talk about the possibility of prostate cancer at an earlier age. African American men and men of other ethnic groups can be diagnosed with the condition. There is no specific genetic predisposition for the state, and some studies have indicated that there may not be any significant genetic link between blacks and prostate cancer. It is believed that most of the difference in risk is attributable to other factors.

African American men should have a prostate cancer screening test at the age of forty. If this is not done, then the chance of detecting the disease later increases. Prostate cancer kills about five thousand men in the United States each year. If caught in its early stages, it is one of the few forms of cancer that can be successfully treated using surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

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