Black men are twice as likely to be
diagnosed with prostate cancer as white
men, a study has found.
The research, undertaken by Prostate Cancer
UK and Public Health England, has been
published in the medical journal BMC
Researchers found that the life time risk of
being diagnosed with and dying from
prostate cancer varied greatly depending on
the men’s ethnic group.
The risk of being diagnosed is one in four
for black men, one in eight for white men
and one in 13 for Asian men.
The risk of dying from the cancer also
appeared to be significantly linked to ethnic
The researchers found that among black
men the risk of dying is estimated to be one
in 12, while for white men it decreases to
one in 24. Asian men were amongst the
least at risk, with an estimated risk of one
The study did not provide a reason for the
apparent connection, although it has been
thought that the link could be genetic.
Lead author Alison Cooper said: “We
already knew that black men were more
likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer
than white men, however, the data we had
was fast becoming out of date.
“The study also provides important absolute
risk figures to help black men better
understand their risk of developing prostate
“These figures can be used for targeted
awareness-raising and to help them make
an informed decision about whether or not
to have a prostate specific antigen (PSA)
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