Knowledge of Hereditary Prostate Cancer Among High-Risk African American Men

Sally P. Weinrich

Srinivasan Vijayakumar

Isaac J. Powell

Julie Priest

Cathy Atkinson Hamner

Laryssa McCloud

Curtis Pettaway

hereditary risk, African American, male
ONF 2007, 34(4), 854-860. DOI: 10.1188/07.ONF.854-860

Purpose/Objectives: To measure knowledge of hereditary prostate cancer in a group of high-risk African American men.

Design: Cross-sectional, correlational pilot study.

Setting: Four geographic sites: Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; and Columbia, SC.

Sample: 79 men enrolled in the African American Hereditary Prostate Cancer Study.

Methods: Telephone interviews.

Main Research Variables: Knowledge of hereditary prostate cancer.

Findings: Knowledge of hereditary prostate cancer was low.

Conclusions: The high percentage of incorrect responses on questions that measure genetic testing, prevention, and risk based on a positive family history highlights educational needs.

Implications for Nursing: A critical need exists for nurses to educate high-risk African American men about hereditary prostate cancer.

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