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Transcript: "African American Men and Prostate Cancer"

Curtis Pettaway, M.D.: We know that black Americans have one of the highest incidences of prostate cancer in the world, and in this country the incidence is about 35% higher than for American Caucasian men, but the mortality is two-fold higher and has remained so over many years.

Rev. Thomas L. Walker: The researchers don't know exactly why. It is suggested that maybe our diet, maybe our stress level, some have even suggested that our testosterone runs higher. We really don't know. But I would strongly suggest to the African-American that we treat this as what it is -- an epidemic.

Winston Dyer: My introduction to prostate cancer started with the death of my 46 year old brother from cancer, then my dad four months later. And then I was told by doctors that I should be checked. But being ignorant to prostate cancer and not knowing what it was, that was my first, first, first-ever screening, at age 50 -- the same month that my dad passed away -- and it came up positive. And I got this wonderful idea, you know, why I don't I just go around and spread this word? I saw the need for help in the underserved and that although we're so disproportionately affected by prostate cancer, it's not always because we're not screened. The reason is because we just plain old cannot afford it. And if you're not feeling any pain, we tend to not go to the doctor's.

Curtis Pettaway, M.D.: Those are the individuals where the message really needs to be gotten out there and interestingly enough there are a number of free screening programs, I would bet, in every city. But we need to get the message out to the populations that are really underserved because they have the highest mortality and they have the most to benefit from early detection.

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