Prostate Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs in Black College Men: A Qualitative Study

This qualitative study explores prostate cancer knowledge and risk in Black college men. Using the Health Belief Model as a guide, focus groups and interviews were conducted with 35 Black males at a historically black college and university. Thematic analysis was conducted and general themes were found. Results indicate that Black college males have very little knowledge and understanding of what their prostate is and what it does. They are also unaware of their risk of developing prostate cancer. Additionally, while many believe prostate cancer is severe, few believe they are susceptible to getting it. These findings suggest more work needs to be done to educate young Black males on not only their prostate and prostate cancer, but on their general health. Efforts should focus on increasing the health knowledge of younger Black males in addition to that of middle-aged and older Black males so that health disparities can decrease.

Journal of community health. 2017 Apr 21 [Epub ahead of print]

Krista Mincey, Brian L Turner, Khila Anderson, Sheldon Maurice, Rachel Neal, Camille White

Department of Public Health Sciences, Xavier University of Louisiana, Campus Box V, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70125, USA. ., Department of Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana, 1 Drexel Drive, Campus Box 115, New Orleans, LA, 70125, USA., Department of Public Health Sciences, Xavier University of Louisiana, Campus Box V, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70125, USA., Department of Biology, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, 70125, USA.