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“We’re talking about black men here, there’s a difference” Cultural differences in socialised knowledge of prostate cancer risk: a qualitative research study

Fry, Sarah, Hopkinson, Jane ORCID: and Kelly, Daniel ORCID: 2022. “We’re talking about black men here, there’s a difference” Cultural differences in socialised knowledge of prostate cancer risk: a qualitative research study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 56 , 102080. 10.1016/j.ejon.2021.102080

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Purpose: To detail social knowledge of prostate cancer risk amongst cultural groups. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and black men are at the highest risk. Despite this, black men are the least likely to be diagnosed early with prostate cancer. It is importance to understand why this is so that these men can receive early access to effective treatment and support. Methods: A constructivist grounded theory methodology was used. Data were collected between December 2015 and October 2017; seventeen men were interviewed, and eighteen men took part in focus groups. Results: There were differences in the way the men constructed their understanding of risks for prostate cancer. The social construction of prostate cancer risk knowledge was mediated by the way the men were socialised to understand and accept this risk. The Somali and African Caribbean men placed social importance on the healthy body, whereas the white working class men seemed to find social value through the unwell body. This research proposes the theory that social constructions of knowledge mediate the way men perceive and accept their risk for prostate cancer. Conclusion: Understanding socialised knowledge of risk may mediate the acceptance of specific prostate cancer risks. This knowledge may help health providers and third sector organisations produce targeted health-related information. Health practitioners may also benefit from understanding how socially constructed ideas of the body could influence the way men respond to conversations about prostate cancer so that tailored and culturally appropriate support can be offered.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prostate Cancer, cancer nursing, black men, Somali men, African-Caribbean men, white men, social risk perception, deprivation, ethnicity, constructivist, grounded theory.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1462-3889
Funders: RCBC Wales, Bench fees Prostate Cancer UK
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 December 2021
Date of Acceptance: 25 November 2021
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:29

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