What Minority Populations Might be at a Higher Risk of Urological Conditions?

There are four main conditions that different racial and ethnic groups have increased chances of being diagnosed with: Testicular Cancer, Urinary Tract Infections, Prostate Cancer and Kidney Disease. 

These conditions can result from a multitude of factors including: hormone imbalance, cell growth, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and socioeconomic or cultural factors. 


Testicular Cancer

White men are four to five times more likely to develop testicular cancer than Black men and three times more likely than Asian-American men.  John Hopkins estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 men in the U.S. develop testicular cancer each year. However, the cure rate for testicular cancer is over 95%.


Urinary Tract Infections 

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria in the urinary tract infecting the kidneys, bladder, ureters or urethra. Nearly 50% of American women will get a UTI in their lifetime. 

Studies indicate Native American women have a 24.2% prevalence of UTIs, 20.3% in Black women, 18.3% in Hispanic women and 16.6% in white women. Men can also get UTIs though far less frequently.


Kidney Diseases

An estimated 33% of American adults are at risk for kidney disease (Kidney.org). High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease can all increase the risk of kidney failure. 

Black adults are three times more likely to have kidney failure than white adults, while Hispanic/Latino adults are 1.3 times more likely. Kidney failure in Asian-Americans is also rising. Many instances of kidney failure are attributed to lack of healthcare access and language barriers. 


Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer and is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men. If caught early, prostate cancer is nearly 100% treatable. 

Research suggests that Black men are 74% more likely to develop prostate cancer than other racial or ethnic groups. It’s estimated that one in six Black men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) found more than one in five new cancer diagnoses in Hispanic/Latino men to be prostate cancer. 


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