Wednesday, November 11, 2015

South Carolina Prostate Cancer Education Project Study Published in Journal of Cancer Education

In 2013 and 2014, the South Carolina AHEC partnered with the USC Arnold School of Public Health to host a full-day community-based prostate cancer education conference. The partners’ efforts allowed prominent experts and prostate cancer survivors to share information and personal insights with community members across the state through telehealth education technologies supported by the South Carolina AHEC.

The conference, which included information about prostate health and screening, prostate cancer and clinical research, was tailored for African-American participants because African-American men are more likely to develop and die from prostate cancer than other populations.  In particular, there was a need to bring this education to South Carolina since our state ranks among the highest in the world for mortality from prostate cancer.

Thirty-two participants were mailed copies of the conference material and surveyed to review and evaluate the educational program. After the information was compiled and refined, this subset of participants and their family members were invited to participate in a community forum to provide additional feedback. Results indicate that participants would encourage others to learn more about prostate cancer as well as talk to their doctors about whether or not to get screened for prostate cancer.  The project was recently published in the Journal of Cancer Education.

Click here to find out more about the program and to read the full article.

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