June 17, 2021, 12:00pm PST – Black Men and Prostate Cancer
In the U.S., prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Prostate cancer represents 30% of all cancers among Black men, and 15% of cancer-related deaths. Unfortunately, Black men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer compared to White males. This Health Equity Forum featured opening remarks from California State Assemblymember Mike Gipson on current bills to improve access to health services for colorectal and prostate cancer. The session also featured Pfizer’s immediate past Chief Patient Officer Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron who spoke about Pfizer’s multicultural and health equity initiatives, their efforts to address cancer disparities and encourage screening and early cancer detection, and their commitment to diversity in clinical trial participation. Dr. Richardson-Heron’s talk was followed by a panel discussion on prostate cancer disparities in Black men featuring Dr. Rick Kittles of City of Hope’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Mark Kennedy of Boston Public Health Commission’s Department of Population Sciences.