What Black men need to know about prostate cancer

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MPR News Host Angela Davis (center), Dr. Christopher Warlick (left) and Willie Bridges (right) pose for a portrait at the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
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There’s a good chance you know someone who is a prostate cancer survivor.

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MPR News Host Angela Davis (right) talks with Willie Bridges (center) and Dr. Christopher Warlick (left) in an MPR News studio in the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
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One in eight men — and one in six Black men — will get prostate cancer during their lifetime.

It’s not something we are all good at talking about. But we need to.

Prostate cancer outcomes are much better when the cancer is caught early. And family history is also a major risk factor for the cancer.

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A urologist and a survivor joined MPR News host Angela Davis in-studio, talking about prostate cancer and how we can better save lives.

What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, and what do Black men, in particular, need to know? 

Guests: 

Dr. Christopher Warlick is the Department Head for the Department of Urology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is an Associate Professor who treats several urologic cancers, with an emphasis on prostate cancer.

Willie Bridges is a prostate cancer survivor from Minneapolis. He was first diagnosed over a decade ago.

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