Understanding Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • What Is Prostate Cancer?
  • General Risk Factors
  • Racial Health Disparity Around Prostate Cancer
  • Aggressive Prostate Cancer and Black Men
  • Why Are Black Men More at Risk?
  • The PSA Debate
  • Treatment Options
  • “Wait and See” Approach Is “Bad” for Black Men
  • The Affordable Care Act and Prostate Cancer

General Risk Factors

While it’s unknown what exactly causes prostate cancer, Cancer.org states that the following are risk factors for developing the disease: Being over the age of 65, being Black, having a family member who has had prostate cancer, workplace exposure and smoking. 

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