Research points to Burke County as hotspot for prostate cancer

Research out of Augusta University points to the need for targeted cancer prevention strategies and allocation of health resources in Burke County.

Dr. Justin Xavier Moore, epidemiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Cancer Center, presented findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans this month. He presented research findings that result from analyzed data on breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer mortality among adults throughout the state from 1999 through 2019.

Burke County was identified as a hotspot for prostate cancer mortality in both Black and white men and for colorectal cancer in Black adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The symptoms vary from person-to-person but can include, difficulty in starting urination, weak or interrupted flow of urine, frequent urination, pain, burning or blood when urinating or pain in the hips.

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