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Awareness and Use of the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test among African-American Men

Ross, Louie E and Uhler, Robert J and Williams, Kymber N (2005) Awareness and Use of the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test among African-American Men. Journal of the National Medical Association, 97 (7). pp. 963-971.

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    Abstract

    Although African-American men have a greater burden of prostate cancer than whites and other racial and ethnic groups, few studies on the burden of prostate cancer have focused on African Americans specifically. We used a sample of African-American men (N=736) who participated in the 2000 National Health Interview Survey to explore their awareness of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Among African-American men aged ≥45 with no history of prostate cancer, 63% had heard of the PSA test and 48% had been tested. Bivariate analyses showed significant associations between sociodemographic, family composition, health status and perceived risk with having heard of the PSA test and having been tested. The multivariate model showed significant associations between having heard of the PSA test and age, level of education, living in an MSA, and having private or military health insurance. For ever being tested, the multivariate model showed significant associations for age, private or military health insurance, being in fair or poor health, and having a family history of prostate cancer. Some of the correlates, such as age, increased levels of education and being married, were consistent with previous studies, but other correlates, such as metropolitan statistical area, health status and perceived risk, differed from previous studies.


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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: African American, prostate cancer, screening, prostate-specific antigen
    Subjects: Research > methodologies
    Health > Public Health
    Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
    Practice
    Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
    Health
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    Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2005
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2011 13:26
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/231

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