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Rally Against Prostate Cancer
The PHEN Rally Against Prostate Cancer (RAP Cancer) is a set of initiatives addressing the African American prostate cancer crisis through education and awareness outreach. This national effort uses a network of prostate cancer survivors and their family members, partners, and a high level of public visibility for maximum impact.
Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer and second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. However, the African American prostate cancer incidence rate is 60% higher, and mortality rate 150% higher compared to any other racial or ethnic group; this is the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer afflicting men or women. All African American men are considered to be at high risk for the disease, and those with a family history to be at an even higher risk.
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE:
One of the major contributors to the prostate cancer crisis is a lack of awareness and knowledge about the disease. Knowledge is critical to surviving prostate cancer. Knowledge about risk level, early detection testing, treatment options including whether to treat or not to treat, and survivorship issues are all important. African American men have not been properly educated about prostate cancer and armed with the knowledge to make informed decisions on how best to face and survive the disease.
PHEN views the prostate cancer crisis as a family and community issue and not just a problem affecting men. Accordingly, PHEN education and awareness outreach efforts are designed to reach and involve all those impacted for a collective response.
PHEN’s public visibility at the national and grassroots levels aim to transform the culture of silence surrounding prostate cancer to one of openness, knowledge and action.
RAP CANCER INITIATIVES INCLUDE:
The ongoing success of each of these initiatives is the foundation for the Rally Against prostate Cancer. PHEN has developed partnerships to support these initiatives with major cancer institutions, medical specialists, churches, political leaders and industry organizations that continue to enhance the effectiveness of each.