Black Men and Prostate Cancer

Are you at risk?

Black men are twice as likely to get and die from prostate cancer. Statistics show that one in seven Black men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime – while for the general population it is one in eight men. This is due to several reasons such as genetics, access to care and low enrollment in clinical trials.

At Henry Ford Health, we are dedicated to closing that gap and narrowing the racial divide. We aim to increase screenings and educate the community.

What you need to know:

  • A yearly blood test can prevent prostate cancer deaths.
  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men
  • More than 35,000 men die in the U.S. each year from prostate cancer.
  • Exercise, healthy diet, and seeing your doctor every year to check for symptoms helps to decrease deaths from prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer screening

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) can help find out if you have prostate cancer. Add years to your life and take action today.

Talk about the pros and cons of screening with your doctor.

The American Cancer Society recommends screening for men:

  • Age 40, if 2 close relatives (father, brother, son) had prostate cancer before age 65.
  • Age 45, if you are a black man or if one of your close relatives had prostate cancer before age 65.
  • Age 50, if you are at average risk for prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer Screening for Black Men

Prostate Cancer Survey

We are interested in hearing from individuals about their knowledge and feelings about prostate cancer screening and treatment. This information will help us to better understand barriers to prostate cancer screening and care/treatment, as well as preferences for how you receive information about this topic. We will use this information to improve services at Henry Ford Health.

Take our survey now

Community Events

As part of our dedication to raising awareness and increasing screenings we will be present at various community events. Henry Ford Health partners with various churches in the region to support this effort as well.

  • Past Events
    • 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit: Men’s Health Fair
      August 6, 2022
      Historic People’s Community Church
      8601 Woodward, Detroit, MI
      Learn More
    • CBTU/Farm Men’s Health Fair
      August 13, 2022
      UAW Region 1
      27800 George Merrell Dr., Warren, MI
    • Durfee Innovation Society Community Block Party
      August 19, 2022
      2470 Collingwood St., Detroit, MI
    • Inkster Community Health Fair
      September 24, 2022
      Leanna Hicks Public Library/Inkster Library
      2500 Hamlin Dr., Inkster, MI
    • MIU Men’s Health Event
      October 8, 2022
      Ford Field
      2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI
      Learn More
    • Henry Ford Health & Detroit Pistons Prostate Cancer Screening Day
      December 17, 2022
      Henry Ford Center for Athletic Medicine
      90 Amsterdam St, Detroit, MI 48202
    • Free Prostate Cancer Screening
      March 4, 2023
      Prestige Cadillac 29900
      Van Dyke Ave, Warren, MI

    • Community Event
      Saturday, May 6
      10 am – 3 pm
      Pontiac High School Community Event
      1051 Arlene Street
      Pontiac, MI 48343

    Prostate Cancer Disparities 2022 Community Events

    • Saturday, June 11th - El Bethel Church, Redford Charter Township
    • Saturday, July 16th - New Calvary Baptist Church, Detroit
    • Saturday June 18 - SHAR Academy, Detroit
    • Saturday June 18 - Livernois Jubilee, Detroit
    • Saturday June 25 - New St. Paul Church, Warren
    • Sunday, July 31 - Haitian Festival, Farmington Hills
    • Sunday, August 7 - Second Ebenezer Church, Detroit
    • Saturday, August 13 - Trans Pride – Ferndale
    • Saturday, August 13 - CBTU/Farm Men’s Health Fair, Warren
    • Friday, August 19 - Durfee Innovation Society Community Block Party, Detroit
    • Saturday August 27 - New Zion Church, Detroit
    • Saturday, September 17 - Transgender Health Fair, Ferndale
    • Thursday, September 22- Frankie Darcell Weekend – Gala, Detroit
    • Friday, September 23 - Frankie Darcell Weekend – Play, Detroit
    • Saturday, September 24 - Frankie Darcell Weekend – Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancer Walk, Detroit
    • Saturday, September 24 - Inkster Community Health Fair, Inkster
    • Friday, Sept 30 - The Black Walnut, Film screening and panel discussion, Detroit
    • Saturday, October 8 - MIU Men’s Health Event, Detroit
    • Saturday, October 8 - Pink Strides Breast Cancer Event, Detroit
    • Thursday Oct 13 - Pistons game pre-season - Breast Cancer Awareness Night, Detroit
    • Sunday, November 6 - Detroit Lions Pride Plaza Event, Detroit
    • Thursday December 1 - Pistons Game, Detroit
    • Sunday December 4 - Pistons Game, Detroit
    • Sunday December 11 - Pistons Game, Detroit
    • Wednesday December 14 - Motor City Cruise, Detroit
    • Saturday, August 6 - 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Men’s Health Fair, Detroit
    • Sunday, September 25 - Pontiac Southside Wellness Health Fair, Pontiac
    • Sunday, October 16 - Conant Garden SDA church, Detroit
    • Saturday. October 22 - Christian Tabernacle, Southfield
    • Sunday, October 30 - Burns Ave SDA church, Detroit
    • Thursday November 17 - Indiana Ave Church of God in Christ, Detroit
    • Saturday December 17 - Detroit Pistons Screening Event, Detroit
Why are Black Men at a Greater Risk For Prostate Cancer?
There are many factors that might lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer in Black men. One of our urologists breaks this down and gives advice on how to stay vigilant.

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