Minority Health

It is estimated that one out of five American men will develop prostate cancer. But number is far higher for African American males.

That's why Florida A&M University dedicated this entire week to prostate awareness and education.

On the final day of FAMU's celebration of national minority cancer awareness week, faculty, staff, students and even the dean of pharmacy stopped by for health screenings.

Dr. Henry Lewis, Dean of FAMU Pharmacy says, “We have drugs now to treat cancer, if it’s caught early. That the missing link, catching it early.

The lack of early detection is having a major effect in African American men when it comes to prostate cancer.

Dr. Folakemi Odedina, FAMU Pharmacy Professor, says, “African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the whole world...but you'll also find prostate cancer kills African American men twice as much as white men.

Health leaders point to several reasons including lack of awareness, less accessibility to health care and/or insurance, and unwillingness to get a prostate exam.

Joyce Rolle, R.N., Bond Community Health Center, says, “We want the African American men to know there is a danger out there and to take care of it.

With early detection, prostate cancer experts say the chances of recovery are high