Prostate cancer education in African American churches

Public Health Nurs. 1998 Jun;15(3):188-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.1998.tb00338.x.


The use of churches as recruitment sites of African Americans into health promotion activities is a popular theme in the 1990s literature. This research measured the impact of previous exposure to cancer on participation in an educational program and a free prostate cancer screening. Cues to action from the Health Belief Model provided the conceptual framework. Over 500 men attended a prostate cancer educational program at their church. Men who participated in the educational program and completed the questionnaire were given a voucher that they could take to their doctor of choice for a free prostate cancer examination. Having a member of the congregation who was previously diagnosed with cancer was a significant cue to attendance at the educational program (P = 0.03). Recommendations for future cancer screening in churches are given.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans*
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pastoral Care*
  • Patient Selection
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Public Health Nursing
  • South Carolina
  • Surveys and Questionnaires