Healthcare inequities in prostate cancer

Learn more about the challenges that can lead to healthcare inequities.

The reality of prostate cancer

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1 out of 6 Black men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime

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Black men in the US have 1.5x greater chance of developing prostate cancer than white men

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Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among Black men, and it’s often detected after the disease has already spread to other parts of the body.

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The disparity in care and treatment outcomes may be because a long history of systemic inequality and unconscious bias have made it challenging for Black men to get the care they need.

Challenging the status quo. 

Boldly Caring is committed to advancing health equity and empowering Black men to get the best possible care.

Black men with advanced prostate cancer have special concerns and their individual treatment needs haven’t gotten attention.

Research shows that prostate cancer is more deadly to the Black male community than to other racial groups. Compared to white men, Black men more often:
  • Have aggressive forms of prostate cancer and at younger ages
  • Have a history of prostate cancer within their families
  • Have a greater risk for it to come back and spread
  • Die earlier from prostate cancer
These differences may be because Black men:
  • Are more likely to develop prostate cancer and be diagnosed later on in the disease’s progression
  • Aren’t encouraged to talk about prostate cancer with their loved ones and doctors
  • Don’t get medical care until after it has already spread to other parts of the body
  • Aren’t properly encouraged to take an active role in their treatment with their doctors, or properly supported to stay on their treatment plan

Getting the best possible care, and getting it earlier, may make a difference.

Prostate cancer can run in families, so be sure to encourage your loved ones to stay on top of their screenings

What’s your next step? 

Have a successful conversation about prostate cancer with a doctor.

Talking with your doctor