Afro-Caribbean Men Are Less Predisposed To Be Investigated For Prostate Cancer

Afro-Caribbean Men Are Less Predisposed To Be Investigated For Prostate Cancer
exeterA recent study from the University of Exeter Medical School found that Afro-Caribbean men are less willing to be evaluated for prostate cancer than white men. However, these men have higher mortality rates and are more likely to have emergency diagnoses, even though the reason behind this fact is still not clear. The study was published in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP). To assess possible effects related with patients' preferences and choices, researchers evaluated over 500 men in Bristol who attended general practices. The project was supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC). Realistic hypothetical scenarios were presented to men under evaluation, each one including a description of a symptom related to prostate cancer and an associated risk of disease. Researchers found that the preference for investigation, regardless the scenario, was lower in black men with only 44 percent of black males choosing to be investigated compared to white men (91 percent). Dr. Tanimola Martins, the lead researcher, stated in a press release: "We know that black men are significantly more likely to develop prostat
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Isaura Santos graduated with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a MA in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies from University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). Her professional interests include science communication, public awareness of science and communication of science through entertainment.

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