February is both Black History Month and National Cancer Prevention Month. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of MLK Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.1 Do you know the significance of this? Here at PAACT, we do. “Men of African-American descent are at a significantly higher risk of developing prostate cancer than Caucasian men. Among black men, 19% (nearly 1 in 5) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and five% of those will die from this disease. In fact, prostate cancer is the 4th most common reason overall for death in African-American men.”2
This risk dramatically goes up if there is a family history of prostate cancer. “African-American men with an immediate family member who had prostate cancer have a one in three chance of developing the disease. Their risk rises to 83% with two immediate family members having the disease, and skyrockets to 97% if they have three immediate family members who developed prostate cancer.”2
Martin Luther King Jr’s dream did not include losing his brothers’ to come from prostate cancer.
Half of the battle is just gaining the knowledge. Well gentlemen, NOW YOU KNOW! If you are in these risk groups, start a healthy lifestyle early on in life and get regular screening. True, there is nothing out there that 100% prevents you from getting cancer, BUT, why not give yourself every shot you can. Add a salad to your next meal, cut red meat out one or more days a week, and get out there and be active. Maybe you don’t want to go join a gym – I get it – but take a walk, your next round of golf don’t take the cart, and skip the elevator once in a while.
If you are in one of these high risk groups and would like to receive our Prostate Cancer Communication newsletter go to: http://paactusa.org/newslettersignup and sign up.
Make your tomorrow better by getting screened today!
Sarah Wiltenburg PAACT Inc
- PAACT’s New Patient Package booklet “PART I INITIAL DIAGNOSIS”