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Commentary: Building an Evidence Base for Promoting Informed Prostate Cancer Screening Decisions: An Overview of a Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Otis L. Owens, Daniela B. Friedman, James Hebert


African American (AA) men have signifi­cantly higher mortality rates from prostate cancer (PrCA) than other racial groups. Therefore, there is a critical need to identify strategies for promoting informed PrCA screening decisions among this population. This article details the community-driven, social and behavioral research being imple­mented by a Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP) to support the development of person-to-person and technological interventions to improve the dissemination of PrCA information to AA men and their families. This article con­cludes with four recommendations to ad­vance future research and practice related to the use of interventions for promoting informed PrCA decision-making among AAs. These recommendations include: 1) informing men about controversial screen­ing recommendations; 2) including families in educational interventions about PrCA; 3) using technology as a modality for dissemi­nating PrCA information when appropriate; and 4) aiming to create interventions that can be translated into community and clini­cal settings.

Ethn Dis. 2017; 27(1):55-62; doi:10.18865/ed.27.1.55.


Prostate Cancer Screening; Informed Decision-making; Health Disparities; Technology; Community Engaged Research

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