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Prostate cancer: Know the risks

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DID YOU know that having a family history of prostate cancer and simply being a black man can increase your risk?

One in four black men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and one in 12 will die from the disease – double the risk faced by white men.

You are also two-and-a-half times more likely to get it if your father or brother has had prostate cancer compared to someone who has no relatives with the disease, so it is important to be aware of your risk.

Black men are also more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a younger age than men of other ethnicities, but an alarming 86 per cent are oblivious to the increased danger they face and the disease is still widely-regarded as a taboo subject within many families.

It is not clear why black men face a higher than average risk of prostate cancer but it is widely thought that genetics. underlying factor.

The PSA blood test is the first step towards diagnosis and black men are encouraged to start speaking to their GP about the test from the age of 45 – five years earlier than other men.

Prostate cancer is a disease that many people are not aware of, yet it’s killing one man every hour in the UK.

If you have any concerns about prostate cancer, speak to one of the Prostate Cancer UK specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 (available Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Wednesday 10am-8pm) or visit www.strongerknowingmore.org

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