By Frederick H. Lowe
The 13th annual African-American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit will be held September 21st and 22nd at two locations in Washington, D.C. amid reports that black men receive less aggressive treatment for the disease than white men.
“There is currently a prostate cancer crisis in Black America,” said Thomas Farrington, founder of the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), the event’s sponsor. “Black men die at a rate 130 percent higher than white men. It makes this the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer among men and women.”
While 83 percent of white men received aggressive treatment for prostate cancer, just 74 percent of black men did, a study found.
“Given the evidence suggesting a benefit for treatment in men diagnosed with intermediate-and high-risk prostate cancer, our findings may explain, to some degree the differences in survival odds between black and white men diagnosed with prostate cancer,” said lead study author Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh, co-director of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Prostate Center in Boston.
PHEN’s mission is to eliminate the prostate cancer disparity, said Farrington, a 17-year prostate cancer survivor.
The summit will be held Friday, September 21 from 9a.m. to 4p.m. in the United States Capitol as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference.
Saturday’s session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Both events are free, but if you plan to attend, you are encouraged to register in advance at www.prostatehealthed.or/summit. The events will be streamed at www.rapcancer.org for those who cannot attend in person.
Leading practitioners in the field will speak at the conference on a number of subjects including the prostate cancer treatment paradigm, prostrate cancer screening in Black America and educating and mobilizing Black Communities on prostate cancer.