The Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities

Prostate Cancer Screening and Prostate REACH

Some men have a higher chance of getting prostate cancer. This is because of family history of the disease or race. For these men, Fox Chase has a special program called the Prostate Risk Assessment Program (PRAP). Established in 1996, PRAP educates men, lets them know their chances of getting the disease, and lets them be a part of prostate cancer research.

African American men are at a higher risk for getting prostate cancer. If you are an African American man with no family member who had the disease, you should still get tested.

To join PRAP, a man must:

  • Be 35-69 years old
  • Have never had prostate cancer
  • Have AT LEAST ONE of the following:
    • Father or brother with prostate cancer
    • Grandparent, uncle, or nephew with prostate cancer on the same side of the family
    • Change in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (tumor reducing genes)

Prostate REACH (Risk, Education and Assessment in the Community with Help) brings the PRAP program directly into the African American community. It uses the mobile van as the education and screening site. Funded by The Philadelphia Foundation, Prostate REACH also helps men interested in joining PRAP with problems they might have with:

  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Completing forms
  • Other issues

To find out more about PRAP and Prostate REACH or to sign up, please call 1-877-627-9684 or email

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