OP-ED: Early Detection Saved My Life from Prostate Cancer

Congress can help save more lives by removing barriers to cancer screenings


October 26, 2023

David Ford is a dedicated cancer advocate and currently serves member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

Twice. That is how many times I have had to battle cancer. I still consider myself very fortunate, although surviving a disease that is expected to kill nearly 609,820 Americans this year is not a matter of luck. The fact is that cancer screenings can help save lives.

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I thought my prospects were dire. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer incidence among Black men is more than 70% higher than in White men, and Black men are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than White men. In fact, Black men have the highest dea...

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