Improving prostate cancer care for Black men

Dr Aisha Lofters in a hospital
Dr Aisha Lofters, Canadian Cancer Society-funded researcher

Black men have almost twice the risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-Black men. Despite this risk, research shows that Black men don’t have the same access to high-quality prostate cancer care compared to other ethnic groups, and are less likely to be offered screening, active surveillance and less invasive treatments. Additionally, they may experience lower awareness of risks related to family history and late-stage diagnoses.

Thanks to your generosity, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is working with Dr Aisha Lofters and her team, prostate cancer survivors and Black community organizations to address this. In partnership with the Walnut Foundation, a prostate cancer survivorship group that supports and empowers Black men along their cancer journey, Dr Lofters and her team will work to better understand systemic and structural barriers to accessing high-quality prostate cancer care. They will then use their findings to develop tools for clinicians that directly address these inequities, with the goal of improving the experiences of Black men on their prostate cancer journey in Canada.

“Thank you so much for taking the time and contributing your dollars to advance cancer research in Canada,” says Dr Lofters. “It would not happen without you!”

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