Prostate cancer is increasingly becoming one of the most significant health rnproblems facing Kenyan men and the commonest cause of cancer related death in men rnglobally. Though increased survival rates occur when the diagnosis is done early the disease is typically detected at a more advanced stage while participation in prostate cancer screening is extremely low. In addition due to the aging population and population growth the expected numbers will increase in forthcoming years. Thus prevention and early detection has immense public health importance
This study assessed the attitude perceived risk and intention to screen for prostate cancer by adult men in Kenya
This study was conducted to identify factors associated with intention rnto be tested for prostate cancer risk among adult men in Kasikeu Sub location Makueni rnCounty Kenya. An analytical cross-sectional study design using quantitative methods rnwas used. This was achieved through the use of Thomas Jefferson University Prostate rnCancer Screening Survey questionnaire using face to face interviews. A sample of 155 rnmen participated in the study and was selected using random selection. Screening for rnprostate specific antigen PSA within the next six months was done and explanatory rnvariables namely attitude social influence and perceived risk determine
The rnsample population was aged between 25 to 94 years of age mean 49.8 SD 16.7. The rnresults indicated that all the men had heard of prostate cancer but only 3.1 of the men rnhad knowledge causes and treatment 2.4 had tested for prostate cancer and 43.6 rnpercent of the men intended to be tested in the next six months. There was no significant rnassociation between demographic factors such as marital status religion education level rnand screening intent p0.05. Variables that were significantly associated with intent to rnscreen for cancer were attitude social influence and perceived risk p0.05.
There is need for increase health strategies to increase prostate cancer awareness rescreening rates which are culturally sensitive and geared toward those living in rural areas with low education levels.