Researchers to promote prostate cancer awareness with church campaign

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Researchers at the University of
Maryland are about to conduct a 4-year prostate cancer awareness
campaign at 20 predominatnly-African-American churches in suburban

It will be funded by a $1.8 million grant from the American Cancer Society.

Prostate cancer has a disproportionately high mortality rate among black men.

Cheryl Holt, an associate professor at the university's School of Public Health, says local churchgoers will be trained as "community health advisers" in their churches. Holt says churches are already social networks, and it's hoped participants will feel more comfortable in all-male settings with their peers.

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