PEMBROKE — Silence kills, says Stan Knick, co-director of the documentary film “Prostate Cancer in Indian Country: Lumbee Indian Men Speak Out.”
“The most important statistic we found in regard to prostate cancer is that Lumbee men are not necessarily more prone to get prostate cancer than the general population, but they are at far greater risk of dying from it,” Knick said. “That is why it is so important to initiate the conversation.”
The State Center for Health Statistics reports that there is a 50 percent greater risk of death for American Indian men with prostate cancer than white men.
Knick, director of UNC Pembroke’s Native American Resource Center, completed the project with co-director Dr. Ronny Bell, director of Wake Forest University’s Maya Angelou Center on Health Equity.
The 30-minute documentary features testimony from Lumbee men about their experience with prostate cancer. It is available at the Resource Center in Old Main.
“We are very pleased, and the video has received very positive responses at our community showings,” Bell said. “We feel this will be a very effective tool in getting the word out.
To obtain a copy of the DVD or for information, contact the Native American Resource Center at UNCP at 910-521-6282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The point is that many men are not aware of the dangers of prostate cancer in our community,” Bell said. “Education is key to breaking down the barriers that prevent men from seeking the services they need to prevent and treat this disease. This video lets them know they are not alone.”