African-Americans and Cancer by Genetic Design

Did you know that prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. Did you know that the Prostate Specific Antigen test, commonly referred to as the PSA test was invented in Buffalo by a team of researchers led by Dr. T. Ming Chu at Roswell Park Cancer Institute?

African-American males are more likely to get prostate cancer earlier than White males and are twice as likely to die from the disease. There are different schools of thought when it comes to types of treatment. The Buffalo News reported a story about a therapy debate which revolves around cost, referring physician, treatment type and treatment facility.

The uncertainty surrounding the African-American male and morbidity of prostate cancer, perplexity about treatment options and the possibility of a fatal prognosis can weigh heavy on a brother.

The scientific research of Dr. Georgia Dunston and Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotou has provided some clarity as to why Black men succumb to the disease at a greater rate. The doctors are leaders for the National Cooperative Study of Hereditary Prostate Cancer in African Americans.

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The study has provided incremental and valuable insight regarding a genetic inclination to prostate cancer in African-American men.

The racial disparity of affordable and accessible health care is further complicated by genetic tendencies toward certain cancers for minority men and women.

African-American women tend to have a more aggressive diagnosis although White women have increased incidences.

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Minority men and women must unite and encourage each other to utilize health education resources including prevention and early detection tools for diseases we are more susceptible to by design. Our design doesn’t have to be deadly. We must educate ourselves and advocate for health care reform.

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