From U.S. Newswire:
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and according to the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; at least 5,000 will die. African American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as men of other racial or ethnic groups. However, with early detection and the proper treatment prostate cancer is curable. “Prostate cancer strikes the African American community at disproportionately high rates,” said Congressman Meeks.
“This Summit will help increase prostate cancer awareness and visibility within the Black community for this treatable and often curable disease.” Sen. John Kerry, himself a prostate cancer survivor, noted that the summit “marks the first time that such a prostate cancer initiative targeting African American men will take place at the national level. My office is committed to helping gain Congressional support for solutions to this often overlooked health crisis.”