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


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. Join us at any of the following:

  • Henry Ford Health & Detroit Pistons Prostate Cancer Screening Day
    December 17, 2022
    Henry Ford Center for Athletic Medicine
    90 Amsterdam St, Detroit, MI 48202
    Register now
  • 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
Prostate Cancer Screening Event

Henry Ford Health and the Detroit Pistons team up for a Prostate Cancer Screening event in an effort to get more men, specifically black men, screened.

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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