Indigenous men diagnosed with more advanced prostate cancer, Canadian study says – CTV

July 10, 2023

Indigenous men have more serious and later-stage prostate cancer when they’re diagnosed than non-Indigenous men, a new Canadian study says.

“It is very clear from this data that Indigenous men are at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than non-Indigenous men,” said Dr. Adam Kinnaird, senior author of the study and the Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research at the University of Alberta.

The study, published Monday in the journal Cancer, looked at prostate cancer screening data among almost 1.5 million men in Alberta between 2014 and 2022. They were all between 50 and 70 years old.

Using postal codes, the researchers found that men in First Nations and Metis communities were much less likely to have had a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test — the method used to screen for prostate cancer — than men living outside of Indigenous communities.

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