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Are African-American Men More Likely to Have Prostate Cancer?

Should we consider race when thinking about prostate cancer? According to robotic prostate surgeon David B. Samadi, MD, the answer is yes. The American Cancer Society reports that prostate cancer has a higher occurrence in African-American men than in any other race. Adding to this, prostate cancer in African-American men is frequently diagnosed in its later, more advanced stages. 

From the perspective of the doctor, screening for prostate cancer needs to be done early on, especially when a patient has certain risk factors. If it is more common for African-American men to develop prostate cancer, then all doctors need to be checking for it in patients that are at risk. When an African-American man walks into Dr. Samadi's office, he knows that there is a chance this patient may have prostate cancer. Vigorous screening and early detection are the best tools a person can have against prostate cancer. 

Recently, Lenox Hill Prostate Cancer Center conducted a study of 484 white men and 72 African-American men. Of those studied, it was reported that 87.7% of men did not regret having their prostate removed. While 11.2% of white men were not satisfied with their prostate removal, 20.6% of African-American men were regretful of their prostate removal. 

While genetics and race can be factors for prostate cancer risks, Dr. Samadi also notes that in African-American men, there is a large number of diagnoses that happen in the cancer's later stages due to lack of screening and prostate cancer education. In general, Dr. Samadi says that men are more resistant to regular examinations. Avoiding testing will only decrease your chances of surviving prostate cancer. 

“It is taboo for many African-American men to go see doctors or screen [for prostate cancer],” says Dr. Samadi. “For these patients, the expectation or lack of knowledge of prostate cancer going into surgery makes the degree of regret higher.” 

How can these statistics change? Dr. Samadi emphasizes that education is the key to preventing the disease. In the African-American community, where prostate cancer rates tend to be higher, education about prostate cancer is limited, thus leading to fewer screenings, later detection of cancer, and a higher mortality rate. 

The bottom line is that, in any community, education on the disease, regular screening, early detection, and aggressive intervention are the greatest tools that one can have in the battle against prostate cancer.

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Louis S., USA

The operation went like clockwork and was successful. My stay at Mt. Sinai for a little over 24 hours went just as Dr. Samadi had explained at our first consultation .There were no surprises or unexpected incidents. The staff at Mt. Sinai were great. My post operative recovery is progressing well...

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N. R., New York

"I was discharged from the hospital within 24 hours of being admitted and had my catheter removed in less than a week. I've had no obvious sign of blood loss since the surgery and no complications. Five days following the surgery, my wife and I were dancing at a wedding!"

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Dillion F,

"From 2005 to 2010 my PSA increased from 2.5 to 4.5 when I got a first prostate biopsy showing a low percentage of cancer cells in a couple of cores and Gleason score of 3 - 3.  I determined to stay with watchful...

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A. K, New York

I am aware of the fact that it takes a extraordinarily rare surgeon to be the master of Robotic Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy.  I watched the video released by the Henri Mondor hospital before my surgery, and once again today. Although you make it seem easy to the patients and their families, your accomplishment is nearly superhuman.

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