As men across the country draw attention to health issues by growing facial hair for Movember (see Top 10 Moustaches in African American History), Clark Atlanta University is expanding its Prostate Cancer Registry. The registry encourages prostate cancer survivors to share their stories in an effort to reduce health disparities and improve the treatment, care, and long term quality of life issues that affect African-American prostate cancer survivors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five African-American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It is the second most common cancer in American men and the second most common cause of death from cancer among most racial and ethnic groups.
“We are asking African-American men from around the nation to sign up with our Prostate Cancer Registry,” said Shafiq A. Khan, Ph.D., director of CCRTD, CAU. “The information privately gathered in the registry will help us learn from past experiences, and develop better interventions earlier in order to help save more lives from the disease.”
Data collected through the Prostate Cancer Registry will capture relevant treatments, procedures, and interventions most commonly experienced throughout the prostate cancer continuum of care. Ultimately, the insights will help guide early detection strategies, clinical practices, and processes, and improve quality of care for African-American men.
“If you are a survivor or know of a survivor, please consider sharing and registering. Your input could help save a life,” said Davis.