Another question with a very complicated answer. But I thought this article entitled “Culture, Black Men, and Prostate Cancer: What Is Reality?” by V. Diane Woods, et al. from Moffitt did a GREAT job outlining some of the challenges black men face with respect to prostate cancer screening, and medical care in general. This is a qualitative study in which the researchers actually spent time asking 277 black men what factors influenced their prostate screening behaviors. You mean, actually asking people of there are barriers??!?! YES… go figure.
The conclusion of the study:
“Lack of discussion about the decision to screen for prostate cancer and general lack of culturally appropriate communication with healthcare providers has engendered distrust, created fear, fostered disconnect, and increased the likelihood of nonparticipation in prostate cancer screening among black men."
A little food for thought.
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