Patterns of information behavior and prostate cancer knowledge among African-American men - Abstract

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The purposes of this study are to explore cancer information acquisition patterns among African-American men and to evaluate relationships between information acquisition patterns and prostate cancer prevention and control knowledge. A random sample of 268 men participated in a statewide interviewer-administered, telephone survey. Men classified as non-seekers, non-medical source seekers, and medical source seekers of prostate cancer information differed on household income, level of education, and beliefs about personal risk for developing prostate cancer. Results from multiple regression analysis indicated that age, education, and information-seeking status were associated with overall levels of prostate cancer knowledge. Results from logistic regression analyses indicated that men who included physicians as one of many information resources (medical source seekers) had superior knowledge over non-seekers and non-medical source seekers on 33% of individual knowledge details. The findings emphasize the need to connect lower-income and lower-educated African-American men to physicians as a source of prostate cancer control information.

Written by:
Ross L, Dark T, Orom H, Underwood W 3rd, Anderson-Lewis C, Johnson J, Erwin DO.   Are you the author?

Reference: J Cancer Educ. 2011 May 28. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s13187-011-0241-z

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21626265 Prostate Cancer Section



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