How can early detection programs become a men's health topic? : Survey of urology practices - Abstract

PandaMED , Dünkeloh-Klinik Remscheid, Kooperationspraxis der Klinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Helios-Klinikum, Universität Witten/Herdecke, Wuppertal, Alleestraße 105-107, 42857, Remscheid, Deutschland.


Various statistics demonstrate the importance of medical prevention in men.

As one example, overall survival is increased with the early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In this article information from 212 consecutive patients with an appointment in a urology practice is presented and discussed. Of special interest are factors that motivate men to participate in early detection programs for prostate cancer. The data give an insight into reasoning and motivation for men to participate in such programs and criteria to select a specific urology practice.

The results, which also include diagnostic methods that are not covered by the general German health insurance and have to be paid by the patient himself, can help the urologist promote diagnostic tools and identify areas of deficit. A key role is played by the family physician. Our results show that he is the primary source for health-related questions. He has the best opportunity to draw the attention of the mature and critical patient to measures of precaution and emphasize their importance. This is especially true for the large group of men who so far have not participated in early detection programs since they apparently are not aware of their own personal health risk.

Article in German.

Written by:
Mathers M, Reichel R, Nadig U, Roth S.   Are you the author?

Reference: Urologe A. 2011 Oct 20. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s00120-011-2705-5

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22009256 Prostate Cancer Section