According to a news release from the National Institutes of Health:
The largest coordinated research effort to study biological and non-biological factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men has begun. The $26.5 million study is called RESPOND, or Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress. It will investigate environmental and genetic factors related to aggressiveness of prostate cancer in African-American men to better understand why they disproportionally experience aggressive disease — that is, disease that grows and spreads quickly — compared with men of other racial and ethnic groups.
RESPOND is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), both parts of the National Institutes of Health, as well as by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). The NCI funding will be provided from the 21st Century Cures Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
“Understanding why African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer than men of other racial and ethnic groups is a critical, unanswered question in cancer disparities research,” said NCI Director Ned Sharpless, M.D. “This large, collaborative study can help the cancer research community better understand and address these disparities.”
The investigators aim to enroll 10,000 African-American men in the study. You can read the rest of the news release here, and visit the RESPOND website — with information on how to participate — at www.respondstudy.org.
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I would like to share a short public service announcement video about prostate cancer made by Sam Smith, of White River Junction, a friend to me and especially to my dad. Sam died Oct. 31, 2017 after a battle with prostate cancer. In February of that year, he worked with CATV to produce the PSA on the disease, shown below.
“I never thought that I would get this disease. I never knew that as an African-American male, I am in a higher risk group for prostate cancer,” Sam says in the video. “Get screened now. If I had known then what I know now, I would have been proactive, but I didn’t. It’s time, brothers. Get screened, and make sure your sons, fathers and friends do too.”