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Revista médica de Chile

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ANDAHUR, Eliana; MERCADO, Alejandro  and  SANCHEZ, Catherine. Prostate cancer in african american immigrants in Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2019, vol.147, n.9, pp.1159-1166. ISSN 0034-9887.

In 2017, migrants were 4.35% of the Chilean population, mainly from Peru and Colombia. From 2015, the amount of migrants from Central America, particularly from Haiti increased notably. This process changed the phenotype of the male population, increasing the proportion of black men, mainly between 20 and 50 years. Afro-descendant men have a higher risk for prostate cancer, and the tumor can appear as early as 40 years of age among them. This increase will have future repercussions on the public health system, since part of these men have low income and poor living conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to discuss early detection strategies focused on this population, including education for both patients and health professionals. This review includes data on the reality of migration in Chile and its impact on the health system. The higher incidence and mortality of prostate cancer in the migrant population is reviewed and risk-adjusted screening strategies are proposed.

Keywords : African Americans; Disparities; Health Status Disparities; Human Migration; Prostatic Neoplasms.

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