Georgia Urology’s Dr. Darrell Carmen was recently featured in a story on Fox 5 Atlanta discussing the importance of PSA checks for men with a high-risk for prostate cancer.
In the segment, Dr. Carmen is joined by William King—founder of the legendary soul/funk band The Commodores—who shares his personal journey with prostate cancer. King was diagnosed in 2014 and underwent robotic surgery and chemotherapy to combat the disease. Today, he and Dr. Carmen have an important message for all men: be aware of your elevated risk for prostate cancer, and get regular PSA checks.
While prostate cancer is the most common cancer in all men over 40 (affecting about 1 in 7) Dr. Carmen emphasizes during his interview that this risk is even higher for African-American men.
“In the African-American community, that number is higher; it’s 1 in 3 or 1 in 4,” he says.
Dr. Carmen goes on to encourage African-American men, and those with a family history of prostate cancer, to start getting their PSA levels checked at around 40, while most low-risk men can wait until about 55.
Watch the video below to hear more from Dr. Carmen and learn about William King’s story of survival.