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Dr. Melinda Stolley recently began recruiting patients for a clinical study to examine health disparities among men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, with African Americans experiencing the highest incidence rates and lowest survival rates.

A team of researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is seeking to reduce the disparity with a lifestyle intervention program: Men Moving Forward.

Melinda Stolley, PhD has conducted previous research with breast cancer survivors and focus groups with African American prostate cancer survivors. She will study the effects of the six-month community-based lifestyle intervention program. The program will support these men in adopting physical activity and eating patterns to improve their physical health and bolster their quality of life, therefore reducing their risk of additional health burdens and, potentially, prostate cancer recurrence.

“We are determined to reduce the significant cancer disparity seen among African American men in Milwaukee,” Dr. Stolley said.