At 80 years old, Dr. Issac Powell should be enjoying retirement, instead he is still working every day and performing surgery.
Powell, a doctor of urologic oncology at Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializes in prostate cancer. He and his team believe they have uncovered a set of cancer genes that are expressed differently in Black men, which means there racial disparity in prostate cancer when it comes to screening, prognosis and mortality. Powell said it also makes the cancer more aggressive in Black men.
Local 4 is profiling Dr. Powell for Black History Month as a change maker in our community. He shared with us his successes in his field, and the challenges he faced in becoming a doctor including systemic racism, something he has faced most of his life.
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