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J Am Coll Health. 2000 Jul;49(1):27-33.

Men, masculinity, and cancer: risk-factor behaviors, early detection, and psychosocial adaptation.

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Department of Counseling Psychology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, USA.


Men and women experience cancer differently. More men than women get cancer, more men than women die from cancer, and men usually adapt less well than women after a cancer diagnosis. In this article, the author suggests that the consequences of male gender-role socialization may explain some of these differences. The focus of the article is on (a) cancer risk-factor behaviors; (b) screening, early detection, symptom recognition, and help seeking; and (c) psychosocial adaptation. Research that has identified gender differences is reviewed and the impact of male gender-role socialization is offered as a potential explanation for these differences. In addition, practice implications for college health professionals are offered.

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