Any man who is diagnosed with prostate cancer certainly isn't alone, with around 1.4 million guys diagnosed in 2020 around the globe, making it the fourth most common form of cancer.

But some surprising facts are hiding in that number. American men are especially at risk, as some 248,000 of them in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2021, accounting for more than 13 percent of all new U.S. cancer cases. An estimated 34,000 men will die of the disease this year alone.

Doctors have also known one puzzling component of the prostate cancer picture since at least the 1950s: the startlingly higher risk Black men face for not only developing prostate cancer but also dying from it. Black men face a 75 percent higher chance of getting prostate cancer compared to white men in the U.S.—and about double the mortality risk, according to the National Cancer