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Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in white working class, African-Caribbean and Somali men living in south east Wales: a constructionist grounded theory

Fry, Sarah 2018. Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in white working class, African-Caribbean and Somali men living in south east Wales: a constructionist grounded theory. Presented at: RCN International Research Conference, Birmingham, UK, 16-18 Apr 2018.

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Abstract Background: Men of African and African-Caribbean origin (black men) have twice the risk of prostate cancer compared to that of white men (UK National Screening Committee 2014), and are more likely to be diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer (Benarif and Eeles 2016). Despite this, black men are underrepresented in prostate cancer clinics when compared to other men. The reasons for this appear complex and may be related to the high number of black minority ethnic populations living in areas of deprivation, and to the cultural understandings of prostate cancer risk. Aims: This research aimed to understand the differences in perceptions of prostate cancer risk between black and white men without a diagnosis of cancer, living in areas of deprivation in South East Wales. Methods: This research used a constructivist grounded theory methodology to examine the men’s understanding of prostate cancer risk through their everyday lives. A total of 17 men took part in semi-structured interviews and a further 17 men took part in three focus groups during 2015. Data analysis followed the fluidity of constructivist grounded theory methodology and this allowed for changes to the data collection method during theory generation. Discussion: This research has generated theory relating to masculinity, embodiment and Bourdieu’s field and habitus theory. The social construction of the body is seen as important in understanding the ways in which men are socialised to understand and accept their risk for prostate cancer. Conclusion: This research has added to our understanding of social differences in constructions of the body. This work has influenced thinking of how men might differently understand their risk for prostate cancer as related to their expectations and social experiences. The clinician is encouraged to consider these differences in their interactions with patients. Recommended reading list Benarif, S. and Eeles, R. 2016. Genetic predisposition to prostate cancer. British Medical Bulletin 120, pp. 75-89 UK National Screening Committee. 2014. UK NSC prostate cancer screening recommendation. NHS England.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 July 2018
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 08:43

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