Now’s the time to TALK about prostate cancer
When we Talk That Talk about prostate cancer, we can help make a difference for Black men.
Prostate & total health are tied together
We work hard to provide for ourselves and those around us. Despite the many barriers we face, we always find a way to persevere.
What’s one problem that threatens our progress? Prostate cancer (PC).
When it comes to prostate cancer, it’s about “talking the talk and walking the walk,” if we want Black men to be proactive about their prostate health.
Now’s the time to Talk That Talk with our doctors about prostate cancer screening.
Now's the time
Talk Your Talk About Screening
Did you know that prostate cancer (PC) is the second-leading cause of cancer death for Black men? If we want to change the situation, it’s important to have honest conversations and proactive prostate screenings. And each of us has a part to play.
The reality is that prostate cancer is taking our fathers, brothers, uncles, and friends from us before their time.
We can make a difference now, and for generations to come — if we Talk That Talk and stay on top of our prostate health.
The sooner we detect PC by screening, the better our chances to address it.
The prostate is a small gland located below the bladder in the male body. PC begins when cells in the prostate grow out of control and spread to other parts of the body.
As Black men, we should start to Talk That Talk with our doctors about prostate cancer screenings at age 45 — even if we don’t have any symptoms. For some, screening can begin as early as 40, if you have the following risk factors:
- Your father, brother, or another close relative has had PC
- Breast cancer runs in your family
- You are experiencing symptoms, like trouble urinating, erectile dysfunction, or pain in your back or hips, as they may be signs of prostate cancer
I think we, as men, need to get out of our heads. we need to get out of our own way. you know, so many men are dying because they’re waiting until the 11th hour to get a checkup, or they’ve got some other telltale sign that they ignore.
What the stats say
When we invest in our health, we all win. We may not be able to change our risk of prostate cancer (PC), but we can be proactive by talking with our doctors about early screenings. That’s why talking your talk matters.
Prostate cancer screenings –
What you need to know
The first step in screening for prostate cancer (PC) is a conversation with your doctor.
And the second step might not be as complicated as you think.
Your doctor might begin by recommending a simple blood test, called the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. The test measures the amount of PSA in the blood, and the level of PSA helps to indicate the health of the prostate.
- If your PSA levels are within a normal range (1.0 to 3.0 ng/mL), make sure you get a PSA screening about every one to two years.
- If your PSA levels are in a higher range (3.1 ng/mL or higher), continue talking that talk with your doctor, as further testing and monitoring is required. In some cases, your doctor may perform a different screening test, like a digital rectal exam (DRE), or refer you to a urologist who specializes in prostate health.
Download your screening checklist and learn more about PSA levels to watch out for.
That’s right. With a conversation, we can start protecting our prostate health.
The power to advocate for your prostate health
Leader. Husband. Father. Brother. We have many titles. Let’s add “Health Self-Advocate” to the list.
When we advocate for our prostate health, it’s not just about us. It’s about the people we love and care for most.
Having an active role in your health includes recognizing that you’re not alone — there are people you can lean on.
Here are a few resources to start with:
It takes a village
Maybe you’re a spouse, child, or friend. Whoever you are to them, helping a loved one navigate their prostate cancer (PC) journey can leave you feeling uncertain.
We’re stronger together. Your support is important, and you can do it best by sharing the weight instead of shouldering it for him.
Open conversations about PC are essential. When you Talk That Talk with him, you can discover what he needs and where you can lend a hand.