Deep Bench: Actor Harry Lennix spreads awareness about prostate cancer during Minority Health Month

(WZAW) -- April is National Minority Health Month. During the month, actor Harry Lennix is teaming with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) for the "Know the Numbers" campaign.

The campaign is designed to raise awareness about prostate cancer and how the disease disproportionately affects African American men, who are 76 percent more likely to be diagnosed than men of other ethnicities, and 2.2 times more likely to die of the disease.

Lennix is a distinguished film, television and stage actor who plays General Swanwick, from the DC extended universe in films the Man of Steel and the hit sequel, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

On Monday, he joined the Deep Bench to discuss prostate cancer risk in African American men, alongside Christine Jones, Chief Operating Officer for PCF.

"I feel that as an African American man, it is my obligation to get the word out on things that can help the community, that demographic of men, because that has a tremendous effect on the population," Lennix explained.

He said one in every six African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which holds a 76-percent higher chance of diagnosis.

"We want to shed light on this, because it saves lives," Lennix said.

Jones added that free, downloadable materials are available on pcf.org.

She said to improve your odds of developing prostate cancer comes down to lifestyle choices.

"What you eat matters, whether you get your PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) test matters, whether your diagnosed early and treated early matters, because if you are, you have almost a 100-percent chance of survival," Jones explained.

Lennix also got a chance to talk about the latest in his career. He stars in the television drama "The Blacklist", which just got renewed for a seventh season.

He is also busy producing a film called "Revival", which is the gospel of John, set to gospel music. It debuts on Easter weekend.