Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Unequal odds

A message from Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D.

The Declaration of Independence proclaims that "all men are created equal." But when it comes to prostate cancer, novelist George Orwell's sentiment that "some are more equal than others" might be more apt. While one of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, individuals' odds of hearing that diagnosis vary greatly. Statistics show that African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the world. They are also more than twice as likely to die of the disease compared with white men and about five times more likely than Asians.

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