WASHINGTONTwice as many black as white men prefer not to know that they
have prostate cancer, and two thirds believe that it is a "death
sentence" with a treatment "worse than the disease," according
to a study reported by Allyson Schifano, MPH, CHES, at the 8th Biennial
Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved, and Cancer.
Despite these negative attitudes, community-based and culturally appropriate
screening campaigns, especially when associated with men’s churches, markedly
increase prostate cancer screening among black men, said Ms. Schifano, of the
Scripps Cancer Center, La Jolla, California. In her study, 56% of those who
underwent screening cited encouragement from their church as a major
motivation; 52% cited concern for their health. Holding the screening
immediately after a men’s prayer meeting was the most effective tactic, Ms.