Getting the word out

Published: November, 2009

Two prostate cancer survivors talk about raising awareness of the disease among African Americans and other men at high risk

Chances are, if you randomly asked men on the street about their lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, you'd be met with a handful of blank stares and several incorrect guesses. Probably only a few people, such as health care workers and cancer researchers, would know the correct answer: based on rates from 2004 to 2006, 15.9% of males born today will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. Expressed another way, one in six will be diagnosed with the disease.

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