The health disparity I chose to discuss is testicular cancer in white males. Being a 21 year-old, white male, this is a topic not only of interest but a topic of concern. This is because testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in males 20-34 years of age and is 5 times more prevalent in white males than in black men and 3 times more than Asian and Native American men. The causes of testicular cancer are relatively unknown but there are agreed upon risk factors that may increase a males risk for cancer development. These risk factors include specific medical conditions that some patients suffer from in addition to the cancer, family history and genetics but most men
with testicular cancer do not have a family history, and a man’s occupation. It has been shown that social determinants such as income and education may have an impact on testicular cancer development because higher rates of the cancer are seen in men that have high income and educational levels. In addition, conditions a male faces before and after birth can play a role in potential testicular cancer development. Conditions such as weight at birth, age of the mother during pregnancy, number of pregnancies, and hormone levels caused by natural or artifical hormones.
Biologically, there are no identifying markers that can be used to classify an individual into a specific race. Instead, race is a socially constructed idea that is used to group those that have similar appearances. When it comes to genetics, people of a similar ancestral background would share similar genes, such as the Pima Indian example from the lecture, but this doesn’t necessarily classify them as a separate race from other people. Therefore, when it comes to trying to determine an individual’s health based on their race it would be better to look at the person’s social setting, where they live and how much money they make, rather than making a general assumption based on what they look like.