Monday, 08 Dec, 2008 Health & Fitness

Lonely Men Less Likely to Get Early Screening for Prostate Cancer


Despite the fact that scientists have previously established the connection between early screening and prostate cancer, the latest study shows that men who have a wife or a significant other are more likely to go for early screening. The study was published in the journal "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention", issued by the American Association for Cancer Research.

"In terms of motivating people to get screened, there may be benefit in targeting wives or significant others as well as men," outlined the study's lead author Lauren P. Wallner, M.P.H., a graduate research associate at the University of Michigan.

It is worth mentioning that prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among male population of the United States. Early detection of prostate cancer is associated with a five-year survival rate that showed a significant improvement. Still, scientists did not manage to discover what motivates a man to go for early screening. Researchers interviewed 2,447 Caucasian men aged between 40 and 79 living in Olmstead County, Minnesota.

All participants had to complete questionnaires that featured questions on several topics, including family history of prostate cancer, fear of getting prostate cancer and marital status. Researchers found that men with a family history of prostate cancer were 50% more likely to go for early screening. Those who were concerned about prostate cancer were almost twice as likely to get screened. At the same time it was discovered that men with a family history of prostate cancer who lived alone were less likely to go for early screening. These men were 40 percent less likely to get screened than the married men or those who live with their significant other.

The lead author of the study mentioned that further studies are required in order to analyze the effect in men of other races.

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