Louisiana has received another title it would rather not have: It has the fourth-highest rate of deaths because of prostate cancer, according to Zero, The Project to End Prostate Cancer. Here are the details.
* The state has the sixth highest incidence of prostate cancer in the country.
* Two of the risk factors researchers found is the high obesity rate and the high percentage of black males in the state.
* The obesity rate of 31.6 percent is the fifth highest in the country, according to Trust for America's Health,* The obesity rate in Louisiana has risen 80 percent over the last 15 years.
* People who are obese are more likely to die from the cancer.
* Blacks make up 32 percent of the population in Louisiana.
* Prostate cancer rates are 60 percent higher in blacks than any other group of people.
* Prostate cancer seems to be more aggressive in blacks, according to the Mayo Clinic.
* Black males with this cancer are 2 1/2 times more likely to die from the disease.
* Of the incidences of prostate cancer, 10 percent have a hereditary link to them; meaning the disease is passed down through families, according to The Louisiana Weekly.
* Another risk factor researchers have pinpointed is black men go to less healthy doctor visits, which would lower the chances of the disease spreading.
Lauren Finnegan graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in political science and has an insider's perspective on the military because of her role as a military wife who has lived around the country.
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