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Factors influencing prostate cancer screening in low-income African Americans in Tennessee.

Patel K, Kenerson D, Wang H, Brown B, Pinkerton H, Burress M, Cooper L, Canto M, Ukoli F, Hargreaves M
J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 21 (1 Suppl): 114-26

PMID: 20173288 · DOI:10.1353/hpu.0.0235

This study examined demographic and lifestyle factors that influenced decisions to get screened for prostate cancer in low-income African Americans in three urban Tennessee cities. It also examined obstacles to getting screened. As part of the Meharry Community Networks Program (CNP) needs assessment, a 123-item community survey was administered to assess demographic characteristics, health care access and utilization, and screening practices for various cancers in low-income African Americans. For this study, only African American men 45 years and older (n=293) were selected from the Meharry CNP community survey database. Participants from Nashville, those who were older, obese, and who had health insurance were more likely to have been screened (p<.05). Additionally, there were associations between obstacles to screening (such as cost and transportation) and geographic region (p<.05). Educational interventions aimed at improving prostate cancer knowledge and screening rates should incorporate information about obstacles to and predictors of screening.

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African Americans Aged Community Health Services Early Detection of Cancer Health Services Accessibility Health Surveys Humans Income Male Middle Aged Needs Assessment Patient Acceptance of Health Care Prostatic Neoplasms Socioeconomic Factors Tennessee Urban Health

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