*To kick off Auto trends with JeffCars.coma syndicated multicultural automotive program, season seven on the air, this week we are shifting from a focus on cars to an attention to a disease that is disproportionately affecting black men – prostate cancer.
According to the latest data, 1 in 6 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, compared to 1 in 8 white men.
More importantly, this high-risk population is twice as likely to die from the disease compared to other groups.
Joining us this week is Dr. Reggie Tucker SeelyVice President of ZEROCancer.org for Health and Justice and James Washburna young prostate cancer survivor and advocate to speak about the disease.
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Tucker-Seely, who has held this newly created role since September 2021, has been hired to serve as the national prostate advocate for black men. During the call, he will discuss, no pun intended, his role and plans to serve black men’s health, using prostate cancer education as one of the tools.
And to wrap up the show, James Washburn, who was both diagnosed and cured of the disease before the age of 45, speaks publicly for the first time about his journey and how he never expected to find himself in unfamiliar territory — combating it from cancer.
Recommended screening age
It is recommended that Black males begin the screening process at age 40 to check their PSA levels. Because this is a silent disease, symptoms may or may not appear. Some of the most common symptoms can range from frequent urination to blood in the urine. Do a Google search to find free demonstrations near you.
Ironically, the median age for diagnosis of this disease is around 66 years. While Washburn, who’s not yet 50, doesn’t fit the typical profile when it comes to age, on the show the young prostate cancer survivor realizes he was a prime candidate for the disease after being asked a probing question.
What drives the disease
So far, while scientists are still trying to figure out what drives the disease, they believe that genetics (e.g., a family history), environmental factors, and lifestyle (e.g., diet and exercise) may be some of the key drivers.
How to introduce yourself
This week’s show, sponsored by ZEROcancer.org, will air Saturday, September 24th through Thursday, September 29th. Click here to access broadcast dates and schedules on SiriusXM and our radio partners.
Our normal automotive program will resume next week.
About car trends with JeffCars.com
Jeff Fortson is the Host and Executive Producer of Auto Trends at JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive program airing in the United States and Canada. Entering its seventh season, the 30-minute weekly show will air on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio stations. The program consists of in-depth one-on-one interviews with many of today’s industry pioneers and influencers, from the “hidden figure” to the black woman responsible for using a mathematical formula to verify the accuracy of the GPS (global positioning sensor) via auto analysts , car designer to pioneer of LGBTQ car advertising.
For upcoming shows, car reviews, car buying tips, recall updates, and a car payment calculator, visit JeffCars.com, his car buying education guide. Follow him on [email protected]
About ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national non-profit organization with a mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action. We are building Generation ZERO, the first generation of men free from prostate cancer, through our nationwide run/walk series, educational and patient support programs, and our grassroots advocacy. ZERO is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization rated four out of four stars by Charity Navigator, accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and has regional offices across the country. We dedicate 85 cents of every dollar to research and programs.