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J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 2005 Jul;16(1):55-62.

Prostate cancer among African-American males: understanding the current issues.

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  • 1Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA.


Prostate cancer affects African-American males within the United States in a disproportionate number compared to White males. African-American males are 1.7 times more likely to develop and 2-3 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than White males. Numerous reasons for this disparity exist, including low socioeconomic status, distrust, conflicting cultural beliefs, and past health-care experiences. Controversies surrounding this topic and perhaps contributing to the disparity include cancer-screening recommendations, cancer-related myths, and potential prevention modalities. Nursing research must focus on cancer-related issues among African-Americans to increase the awareness and knowledge of health-care professionals and the public to help decrease morbidity and mortality within African-Americans and other minority populations, and particularly among more vulnerable sections of at-risk minority populations. This article focuses on current issues related to African-American men and prostate health.

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