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Prostate cancer: men's health and their prostate

Lesley Wilkes (PhD, MHPEd is Professor of Nursing, Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Penrith, Australia. E‐mail:
Jane Cioffi (PhD, MAppSc(Nurs) is a Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Family & Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury Campus, Australia. E‐mail:
Sarah Ho (Summer Research Scholar, Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Penrith, Australia.)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



This study aimed to describe men's knowledge of prostate cancer and the factors associated with these knowledge levels at selected regions in Western Sydney. The study was a descriptive, quantitative design using a postal survey of men over 40 years of age. A questionnaire consisting of 19 items that addressed areas of knowledge related to prostate cancer was used. The men in this study needed more information about risk factors for prostate cancer, screening techniques and treatment regimens and their side effects. This study has shown that if men are to make informed decisions about prostate cancer screening, it is important to have some form of decision aid on prostate cancer screening available to them.



Wilkes, L., Cioffi, J. and Ho, S. (2004), "Prostate cancer: men's health and their prostate", Health Education, Vol. 104 No. 3, pp. 143-151.



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