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Impact of undergoing prostate carcinoma screening on prostate carcinoma-related knowledge and distress.

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Taylor, KL; Shelby, R; Kerner, J; Redd, W; Lynch, J
Published in: Cancer
September 1, 2002

BACKGROUND: Despite the ongoing controversy regarding the utility of prostate carcinoma (PCa) screening, the prevalence of asymptomatic men who participate in free PCa screening programs is on the rise. However, this increased awareness has not been associated with increased knowledge about the potential limitations of PCa creening. We conducted a prospective assessment to delineate men's motivations for undergoing screening and to determine the impact of screening on psychological distress and on men's knowledge about PCa screening. METHODS: We conducted two telephone interviews with a group of 136 men registered to undergo free PCa screening at two hospital-based sites. The first interview was conducted before screening and the second interview followed receipt of the screening results. Interviews assessed demographics and screening history, reasons for undergoing the current screening, cancer-related and general psychological distress, knowledge of risk factors for PCa, and knowledge of the benefits and limitations of screening. Only participants with normal screening results were included in these analyses. RESULTS: "Seeking peace of mind about prostate cancer" was rated as the most important reason for undergoing screening. PCa-related distress decreased following receipt of a negative result (P < 0.01). Stratified analyses indicated that this was particularly true among younger men and African American men (both Ps < 0.001). Awareness of the benefits of screening was very high, but awareness of limitations was low, with fewer limitations reported following screening compared with prescreening (P < 0.01). Although awareness of the established risk factors improved following screening, controversial risk factors (i.e., those with limited empirical support) and factors that were unrelated to PCa risk were also rated as more important in the development of PCa than they were before screening (all Ps < 0.05). Therefore, the results may reflect that following screening, participants were simply more likely to endorse plausible risk factors, rather than actually reflecting an increase in participants' knowledge. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest the importance of developing informed consent procedures and educational programs for the asymptomatic men who participate in free prostate screening programs each year, as the decision to be screened is being made without the benefit of a full understanding of the current state of medical knowledge about PCa screening. Until the definitive results of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial are available, improved patient education is needed to assist men in making screening decisions consistent with their own preferences.

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Cancer

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ISSN

0008-543X

Publication Date

September 1, 2002

Volume

95

Issue

5

Start / End Page

1037 / 1044

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Prospective Studies
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Motivation
  • Middle Aged
  • Mass Screening
  • Male
 

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Taylor, K. L., Shelby, R., Kerner, J., Redd, W., & Lynch, J. (2002). Impact of undergoing prostate carcinoma screening on prostate carcinoma-related knowledge and distress. Cancer, 95(5), 1037–1044. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.10781
Taylor, Kathryn L., Rebecca Shelby, Jon Kerner, William Redd, and John Lynch. “Impact of undergoing prostate carcinoma screening on prostate carcinoma-related knowledge and distress.Cancer 95, no. 5 (September 1, 2002): 1037–44. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.10781.
Taylor KL, Shelby R, Kerner J, Redd W, Lynch J. Impact of undergoing prostate carcinoma screening on prostate carcinoma-related knowledge and distress. Cancer. 2002 Sep 1;95(5):1037–44.
Taylor, Kathryn L., et al. “Impact of undergoing prostate carcinoma screening on prostate carcinoma-related knowledge and distress.Cancer, vol. 95, no. 5, Sept. 2002, pp. 1037–44. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/cncr.10781.
Taylor KL, Shelby R, Kerner J, Redd W, Lynch J. Impact of undergoing prostate carcinoma screening on prostate carcinoma-related knowledge and distress. Cancer. 2002 Sep 1;95(5):1037–1044.
Journal cover image

Published In

Cancer

DOI

ISSN

0008-543X

Publication Date

September 1, 2002

Volume

95

Issue

5

Start / End Page

1037 / 1044

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Prospective Studies
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Motivation
  • Middle Aged
  • Mass Screening
  • Male