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Prostate Cancer and Race

How much does infamous Tuskegee Experiment still loom over care for African Americans?

Over the years, as a staff medical reporter for a large metro daily in Chicago and a freelancer, I have written many stories about health issues affecting African Americans, including access to care, sickle cell, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and prostate cancer. It was part of my job to find the “black angle” in my stories. We had a large African American readership at the Sun-Times.

Prostate cancer is epidemic among black men. They have a 70% greater incidence of prostate cancer and a two-fold greater risk of dying from prostate cancer versus whites. Just why is a medical mystery.

Read more from Howard Wolinsky’s article here: https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/apatientsjourney/80479

 

source: Medpage Today