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Prostate cancer screening: PSA test awareness among adult males
by Obana, Michael, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 43; 1527335
Abstract (Summary)

The overall purpose of this study was to determine whether visits to the doctor in the last 12 months, education level, and annual household income for adult males increased the awareness of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests. The effect of these factors for the knowledge of PSA exams was performed using statistical analysis. A retrospective secondary database was utilized for this study using the questionnaire in the California Health Interview Survey from 2009. Based on this survey, annual visits to the doctor, higher educational levels attained, and greater take-home pay was statistically significant and the results of the study were equivalent to those hypothesized. This also reflects the consideration of marketing PSA blood test screenings to those adult males who are poor, uneducated, and do not see the doctor on a consistent basis. Further clinical samples and trials are warranted to get a more concise understanding on the bigger picture for adult males to take on the responsibility for caring for their own health. With health care reform mandating health care coverage by all in 2014, adult males would have the opportunity to take advantage of cancer prevention strategies offered through their health plan and become more aware of PSA tests.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Lawrence, Henry
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gender studies, Health care management, Oncology
Keywords: Adult males, Awareness, Cancer, Prostate, Prostate-specific antigen, Screening
Publication Number: 1527335
ISBN: 978-1-303-76610-7
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