Thursday, August 23, 2012
Black men needing surgery for advanced prostate cancer seem to have worse outcomes than white men
Based on data collected from hospitals in three states, black men who had their prostates removed were more likely to need blood transfusions, stay in the hospital longer and die while hospitalized compared to white men. According to the American Cancer Society, over 241,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2012, and over 28,000 will die from it. Black men seem to be disproportionately represented in both of those numbers. They are 59% more likely to develop prostate cancer and more than twice as likely to die from it compared to white men.