Essays on Prostate Cancer Awareness - Preferred Sources of Information, Sensitivity of Respondents on Health Issues, Community Help Research Paper

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The paper “ Prostate Cancer Awareness - Preferred Sources of Information, Sensitivity of Respondents on Health Issues, Community Help" is an impressive example of a research paper on health sciences & medicine. The age group of participants Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent Valid Under 18 18-30 31-40 over 40 6 52 10 6 8.1 70.3 13.5 8.1 8.1 70.3 13.5 8.1 8.1 78.4 91.9 100.0 Total 74 100.0 100.0 TABLE 4 Participant occupation Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent Valid Student Administration Customer service Management Sales/marketing 45 14 8 5 2 60.8 18.9 10.8 6.8 2.7 60.8 18.9 10.8 6.8 2.7 60.8 79.7 90.5 97.3 100.0 Total 74 100.0 100.0 Media preference and social media use Apart from the demographics information, the participants were asked about the media preference and the social sites they use. From figure 2 it can be seen that the highest number of respondents indicated that the internet was there preferred media with 54% indicating that this was their preference.

It is also seen from the figure that 17.5%, 14.85%, and 13.5% indicated that their media of preference was television, social media and radio respectively. when asked about the social media of preference, the response was as in figure 3. From the figure, it is seen that facebook was the preferred social media with 50% of the respondents indicating it was their preferred social media. The second preferred social medial was YouTube at 33.7% while those who indicated that twitter and Tumblr to be there preferred social media were 12.1% and 4% respectively. Knowledge and awareness Awareness and source of information The respondents were asked if they had ever heard about prostate cancer in order to establish their awareness of the disease.

As can be seen from figure 4, 64.8% of the respondents indicated that they had heard about the disease while 35.1% indicated that they had not heard about the disease. This is a clear indication the disease is not publicized. This is in agreement with statistics which has shown that although the number of death caused by breast cancer is equal to the number of death caused by prostate cancer 78% of the women in Australia felt that they were well informed of breast cancer as compared to 52% of the men who felt well informed of prostate cancer (PCFA, 2002).

When the respondents were asked if they had heard about little prick on television 71.6% admitted to having heard of it while 28.4% indicated they had not as illustrated in figure 5. From figure 6 it can be seen that 47.3% of those who indicated that they had heard about the disease indicated that their source of information was social media, 22.9% indicated that TV was their source of information while 18.95 and 10.8% indicated that their source of information was radio and newspaper respectively. The sensitivity  of respondents on health issues The respondents were asked to respond to statements that served as an indicator of their sense of the health of their family members.

This was also used to investigate if there is a stigma associated with prostate cancer. The result of the investigation is summarized in table 4 and figure 6.

From the figure it can be seen that a high number of the respondents (58.1%) strongly agreed that they could actively encourage family members or friends to be more aware of their eating habits and lead a healthier lifestyle while 23% agreed, 12.2% were neutral, 4.1% disagreed and 2.7% strongly disagreed. When the respondents were asked if they could encourage family members to take the PSA test 15% indicated they strongly agreed, 17% agreed, 28.4% were neutral, 22.8% disagreed while 15.5% strongly disagreed.

This could be an indication that there is a lack of information about the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Those who were neutral could have been noncommittal due to lack of information while those who disagreed could be having a misconception about the PSA test like the test having side effects, it is time-consuming or being painful. When asked if they would support family members or friends who had prostate cancer most of the respondents in agreement with the statement with 52.7% strongly agreeing while 27% agreed. This a clear indication that there is a high family health concern for the respondents most of whom were between 18-30 years of age.

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