Black men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Help us find out why

In the UK, one in four black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, double the one in eight risk faced by all men. You can help us find out why.  

At the moment we don’t know why black men and men with a family history have a higher risk of prostate cancer, but we do know it’s linked to genes. 

That’s why Prostate Cancer UK has partnered with Movember to fund a first-of-its-kind study to better understand the genetics of prostate cancer. The new study, called PROFILE, will help us identify men at higher risk of the disease, so we can diagnose aggressive cancer earlier and save lives.  

How you can help 

If you’re a man of African or Caribbean descent aged 40-69 and haven’t had prostate cancer, you may be suitable to take part in the PROFILE study.  

By taking part in this study, you’ll help us understand why some men have a higher risk of prostate cancer, to help save and extend the lives of the next generation of black men. You’ll also receive regular tests for prostate cancer, which may benefit your long-term health if you are at higher risk for the disease. 

Interested? Find out more and how to get involved at prostatecanceruk.org/riskresearch  

‘This research could help all black men in the future’ 

Luke Williams, from London, had his prostate removed at the age of just 49. He’s now determined to raise awareness of the disease and the new research that could make a big difference for black men.  

“To an extent, I was lucky,”

Luke says.

“My initial GP missed that fact that I had prostate cancer twice, but when I was due to have another full ‘MOT check-up’, including a PSA test, I went with a new GP who paid attention. Six weeks later I was told I had prostate cancer.” 

Fortunately, Luke’s cancer was caught at an early stage and he was able to have surgery to remove the prostate.  “Despite suffering from side-effects of the procedure, overall, I was happy with my treatment journey. However, I understand that for many men this isn’t always the case.” 

Luke was aware that black men faced a higher risk of prostate cancer, but it wasn’t until after his diagnosis that he found out his father had had prostate cancer too. He’s since urged his brothers to get tested themselves. 

“It’s so important we know more about why black men are more likely to be affected by prostate cancer, and I hope men of African or Caribbean descent will consider being part of this study. Not only could regular testing help spot early signs of prostate cancer, but the research they’re supporting could help all black men in the future.” 

Find out more about the PROFILE study and how to get involved at prostatecanceruk.org/riskresearch

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