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Further Exploring African American Men, Prostate Cancer, and Doctor Trust

When attending the Prostate Cancer Today conference, I sat in on an insightful session focusing on African-American men and prostate cancer. This session was not driven by academics, researchers, or powerpoint presentations, but instead through true stories by men living with prostate cancer. A reoccurring theme I heard in these stories was how many men felt doctors do not have their best interests in mind. Perhaps this may be one of the reasons why African-American men avoid seeking medical treatment. In this video, I explore the root of this mistrust.

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  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Dr. Nick. Great and important piece. Did a little research and came across this NPR article looking at research into how the mistrust black men have of the medical profession may be keeping them from participating in prostate cancer research, in spite of the fact that they are more likely to get it and more than twice as likely to die from it: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/10/17/658101432/distrust-of-health-care-system-may-keep-black-men-away-from-prostate-cancer-rese. Thought you and others might find this interesting. It also discusses potential steps to build trust and get African-American men to participate in medical research. Best, Richard (ProstateCancer.net Team)

  • Dennis Golden moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi Nick your comments are right on.

    One of the support groups I attend has a dedicated team whose primary mission is reach men and their partners in the African-American community.

    The group at St Francis Hospital works in conjunction with the Urban League and while it is small its administrative /professional team is very active. So many of the issues you noted have also been mentioned as challenges here in CT.

    Two approaches that are working well is having representatives speak at church events as well as engaging men in conversation when the are visiting the local barbershops

    Your message is a powerful one and the value of having someone like yourself actively engaging with African-American men is both critical and important.

    Again thank you for the work you are doing Early detection and treatment saves lives. … Dennis (ProstateCancer.net Team)

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