In life, we can often determine the risks we take and the ones we avoid. However, we know that is not always possible. Black men are at a higher risk of prostate cancer (PC), so learning about our risk factors can help guide our next steps — and reduce prostate cancer’s impact on us and those we care about the most.

When we Talk That Talk, we invest in our well-being today — so that we can enjoy what our future has in store.



Studies have shown that we are at a higher risk for PC than other men. And if PC runs in our family, we are at an even greater risk. This means that we need to begin discussing PC screening with our doctor beginning at age 40.


Family History of PC

If your father, brother, or another close relative has or has had PC, your risk of getting PC is increased up to 68%. When we Talk That Talk with our families, we can help protect our prostate health.


Other Cancers in Your Family

There are also other cancers that run in our family that can affect prostate health. Breast, colon, and ovarian cancer, for example, have been linked to a higher risk of PC. Speaking with our families about our family history is important, but we also need to talk with our doctors to identify our PC risk.


Chemical Exposure

Exposure to certain chemicals might increase our risk of prostate cancer. If you’ve been exposed to the following chemicals in your line of work, or as a veteran, talk to your doctor:

  • Agent Orange
  • Pesticides

Delayed Care

Our lives are demanding, and PC screenings might not be on our list of priorities when we feel healthy. The thing is, a lack of symptoms doesn’t always mean there isn’t a problem. Overall health includes prostate health, and by adding PC screenings to our routine health care, our doctors may catch issues early on.


Trust in the Health Care System

Our experiences with the medical system are not always positive. We don’t always feel seen or heard by the people meant to care for us. Learning about PC, knowing our risks, and self-advocating help us change the conversation. We can positively impact our experiences and relationships with the people who treat us.

Let's take charge when it comes to our prostate health. By Talking Your Talk with our doctors, we are taking steps to make sure we stay healthy.