Thursday, March 2, 2006—Black men in this country die from prostate cancer at a rate that is more than twice that of white men (2.4 times). This is the largest racial disparity for any type of major cancer afflicting men or women.
In response to these conditions, Chairman Melvin Watt (D-NC), and other members of the US Congressional Black Caucus have partnered with The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) to launch a national awareness campaign, to help reduce the African American prostate cancer disparity.
Black Congressional leaders can be heard voicing their messages over the radio, and urging men and women within their own cities and states to learn more about prostate health and education. Participating Congressman include: William “Lacy” Clay (D-MO); Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO); James Clyburn (D-SC); Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Artur Davis (D-AL); Chaka Fattah (D-PA); Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL); Kendrick Meek (D-FL); Gregory Meeks (D-NY); Donald Payne (D-NJ); Robert Scott (D-VA); and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).