Examining the Influence of Social Ecological Factors on Prostate Cancer Screening in Urban African-American Men

School of Social Work, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA.
Social Work in Health Care (Impact Factor: 0.62). 09/2011; 50(8):639-55. DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2011.589891
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African-American men experience a disparate burden of prostate cancer (PC). Little is known about how social factors influence PC screening in this population.
African-American men over the age of 18 (N = 229) were recruited from a community health fair and anonymously surveyed about their PC screening behavior and conditions of their social environment. Analysis included logistic regression.
Fifty one percent of respondents reported receiving any form of PC screening within the past five years. Older age, higher levels of education, and access to a usual health care provider were associated with PC screening.
Social workers in preventive and community health settings should be increasingly attentive to the PC screening barriers facing African-American men, particularly those who may be undereducated and lack access to care.

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