This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.

Prostate Cancer in African American Men: Thoughts on Psychosocial Interventions

Prostate cancer in african american men: Thoughts on psychosocial interventions

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed disease among men. Studies show that one in five American men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime (American Cancer Society, 1997; Jaroff, 1996), but early diagnosis and treatment increase the probability of surviving the disease (Freeman, 1990; Gambert, 1992). Studies also show that only a small percentage of men actively pursue medical intervention for this disease, and African American men in particular are less likely to seek intervention (Freeman, 1990). Some say the silence is because determining the exact cause of cancer is “like looking for a needle in a haystack” (Braus, 1996, p. 41). Others suggest that ...

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