Today I'm speaking at an event for The Atlantic with Al Roker, on the subject of his prostate cancer diagnosis. If you'd like to watch, you can tune in hereat 11:30am ET. (I'll post the video later if/when it's online.) We'll be joined by Dr. Jonathan Simons of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Dr. Vincent Laudone, the surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering who resected Al's tumor last year.
So Roker has become an advocate to help address the many causes of this, which touch on everything from medical disenfranchisement to masculinity to environmental determinants of health. Among other things, we'll be addressing the disparities in screening and need for tailored recommendations for higher-risk groups.
This sort of nebulous, DIY approach to guidelines has left it to advocates like Roker to share their stories and make sure people get tested, especially black men and others at higher risk than the 2012 advice implied. Given that the guidelines were updated not long ago, and that they do not firmly recommend screening before 70, patients shouldn't simply assume that their physician would suggest the test if it were necessary.
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