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Black lawmakers promote prostate cancer awareness

In addition, the CBC's ‘Grow It Out’ campaign will raise funds for ACS.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently unveiled a campaign in partnership with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness for prostate cancer – the most common cancer among Black men. 

During the ‘Grow It Out’ campaign, the men of the CBC will pledge to raise awareness by not shaving for the month and donating the money they would have spent on shaving and shaving supplies to ACS through the Raise Your Way platform.

These members will be pledging their support to raise awareness through a series of videos and social media posts that will be released by the CBC throughout the month of November. In addition to the CBC promoting the campaign on its social media channels, ACS and ACS CAN will be amplifying the campaign on its social media channels. 

The CBC,  the largest diverse bicameral voting bloc in the U.S. Congress, has identified four co-chairs of this effort – Reps. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Jamal Bowman (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), and Troy Carter (D-LA). 

U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) and CBC Chair Joyce Beatty (D-OH) have all expressed their support. 

For more information on the Grow It Out campaign, please view the press release issued by the CBC, which includes this quote from American Cancer Society and ACS CAN CEO Dr. Karen E. Knudsen:

"Prostate cancer death rates in Black men are double those of every other racial/ethnic group, and those higher incidence and mortality rates are exceptionally concerning. Black men should consult their provider to make an informed decision about designing the screening plan that is right for them, which should include consideration of family history and any known genetic risk of cancer, Additional research, including clinical trials on the risk, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer must be more inclusive of Black men to reduce these disparities. We are grateful to the Congressional Black Caucus for shining a light on this important issue and raising funds for the American Cancer Society so critical work to address disparities in the Black community can continue."

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