Black men in Missouri suffer higher rates of prostate cancer

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KANSAS CITY – Prostate cancer is the fourth most common cancer, with 1.41 million cases diagnosed annually. While the disease affect males of all backgrounds, Missouri and Illinois have disproportionate representation of the disease in Black men.

Early detection and treatment can save lives, health inequities cause prostate cancer to have more negative impacts in the Black community.

"In Missouri, for example, out of 100,000 men, 17 white men are likely to die from the disease, but nearly 37 Black men will die from the disease in Missouri," Dr. William Dayhut, chief scientific officer for the American Cancer Society.

According to the CDC, racial inequality and racism in healthcare "negatively affects the mental and physical health of millions of people, preventing them from attaining their highest level of health, and consequently, affecting the health of our nation."

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