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Prostate cancer awareness and attitude toward early detection among male soldiers in Ghana: a cross-sectional study

Authors
  • Necku, Juliana Gyasi1
  • Anaba, Emmanuel Anongeba2
  • Abuosi, Aaron Asibi2
  • 1 37 Military Hospital, Accra, Ghana , Accra (Ghana)
  • 2 University of Ghana Business School, Accra, Ghana , Accra (Ghana)
Type
Published Article
Journal
African Journal of Urology
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Dec 10, 2019
Volume
25
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12301-019-0004-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundProstate cancer (PC) is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men in Ghana. This poses a public health threat, especially among the Ghana Armed Force (GAF) where the majority are males. This study aimed to assess male soldiers’ awareness, knowledge and attitudes toward early detection of prostate cancer.ResultsIt was found that 58.3% of the soldiers were less aware of PC and 76.0% had low or neutral knowledge regarding risk factors and symptoms of PC. The soldiers had positive attitudes toward early detection but had low intentions of getting tested. Awareness was significantly associated with education, rank, haven received PC information from a health worker and being knowledgeable of signs of PC.ConclusionWe recommend that management of the GAF should liaise with the Ministry of Health to sensitize and educate soldiers on prostate cancer, and if possible, organize periodic screening activities for the soldiers to aid in early detection and effective management of the disease. The findings of this study provide valuable information for health interventions in Ghana.

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