The Hayemaker is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of the disease among black men.
British boxer David Haye wants black men to take action on prostate cancer before it’s too late. He’s leading the Stronger Knowing More campaign, which highlights the increased risk that black men face from the disease.
When you hear that one in eight men will get prostate cancer and one in four will be from black Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, it does send a shiver down my spine. It’s a crazy statistic and you’d think a lot more people would be speaking about it. You’d think it would be a topic of conversation but it isn’t
According to Prostate Cancer UK, black men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a younger age than men of other ethnicities, but an alarming 86% are oblivious to the increased danger they face. The disease is still widely regarded as a taboo subject within many families, but Haye is hoping to change that.
The fight against prostate cancer is one that we can all win if we stand up to the facts and take action before it is too late. The problem is that not enough of us are talking about the disease. This disease can be treated if it’s caught early, so don’t let pride get in the way. If you’re black and over 45, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer, don’t wait for any warning signs. Don’t let prostate cancer knock you out.
The first step for all men should be to visit the Prostate Cancer UK website to check out what the warning signs are and how to deal with them.
I’ve heard my friends and family talk about other diseases like diabetes and cancer in general, but never specifically prostate cancer. We need to change that.