Prostate cancer : how aware is the public ?
Objective To assess the public awareness of prostate cancer and willingness to seek medical attention for urinary symptoms. and to determine associated factors.
Subjects and methods A community survey was conducted using a questionnaire administered by the interviewer to 280 randomly selected Irish men aged 4 () - 69 years.
Results A quarter of the men had not heard of prostate cancer : factors associated with having heard were nonmanual social class. living with a female partner and a history of treatment for urinary disease.
Eighty per cent said they would be willing to attend a GP if they had urinary symptoms : associated factors were living with a female partner. having heard of prostate cancer and having seen a GP more than once in the preceding year.
Just over half deemed attendance to be urgent/important : associated factors were having heard of prostate cancer, living with a female partner and having a relative with cancer.
Having a General Medical Services card (a means-tested medical card entitling the holder to free medical services) was negatively associated.
Lower social class was negatively associated with routine questioning by a GP about urinary symptoms.
Conclusions There is a marked social-class gradient in knowledge and willingness to seek medical advice.
In the absence of population screening. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Prostate, Mâle, Homme, Prévention, Information public, Questionnaire, Evaluation, Irlande, Europe, Appareil génital mâle pathologie, Appareil urinaire pathologie, Prostate pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Prostate, Male, Human, Prevention, Public information, Questionnaire, Evaluation, Ireland, Europe, Male genital diseases, Urinary system disease, Prostate disease
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0397395
Code Inist : 002B14D02. Création : 25/01/1999.