A new study began in July 2018 exploring the mystery of high prostate cancer rates in African American men.
It is said to be the largest prostate cancer study within this demographic and, over the next 5 years, aims to discover what factors are contributing to such high numbers within this population.
This NIH-backed study will be investigating both environmental and genetic factors and see how each, or both, may be contributing to this disease.
According to the NIH, African-American men have about a 15 percent chance of developing prostate cancer in their lifetimes, compared with a roughly 10 percent chance for white men, and African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of the disease.
In addition, the risk of dying from prostate cancer for African-American men is about 4 percent compared with about 2 percent for white men.
The study will be called “RESPOND: Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry.”
We are looking forward to seeing this research and the findings!