Researchers: Prostate cancer screening should start earlier for black men

A new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center finds that incidence of prostate cancer is 60 percent higher among black men in the United States than among white men, and that prostate cancers in black men also tend to progress faster than in white men.

The findings were published online April 24 in the journal Cancer.

Because of this discovery, Ruth Etzioni, senior author of the new study says black men should start discussing prostate cancer screening with their doctor in their 40s, rather than waiting until their 50s, which is what most guidelines recommend.

“Screening recommendations for the general population are likely not optimal for black men,” she said. “Black men may need to consider beginning screening earlier and possibly screening more frequently.”

You can read more about the discovery here.

h/t UPI

 

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