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Health Promot Pract. 2006 Apr;7(2):213-20.

Demographic and past screening behaviors of men attending a free community screening program for prostate cancer.

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  • 1The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77230-1439, USA. pparker@mdanderson.org

Abstract

This study characterizes demographic and past prostate screening behaviors of men who participated in a free screening for prostate cancer. Demographics, past prostate screening behavior, perceived risk, and cancer worry were assessed in 1,680 men. Mean age was 58.2 years, 56% were White, and 76% had health insurance. Men with insurance were more likely to have had a previous prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE). White men were more likely to have had a previous PSA and DRE and to have discussed PSA testing with a physician than African American men. African American men reported greater perceived risk and more worry than White men. Screening differences between African American and White men were explained by insurance status. These results may help guide the development of and promotion for future screening programs. Future efforts should be directed at increasing awareness about screening procedures for prostate cancer.

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