Newswire (Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Received: Friday, October 27, 2017, 2:28:32 AM CDT)

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Research Conducted at Department of Experimental Medicine Has Updated Our Knowledge about Prostate Cancer (Prostate cancer screening: Knowledge, attitudes and practices in a sample of men in Italy. A survey)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Oncology - Prostate Cancer. According to news reporting originating in Naples, Italy, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards prostate cancer and its prevention. A cross-sectional survey was conducted on a random sample of 625 fathers of students attending eight public schools."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Experimental Medicine, "The self-administered questionnaire included questions on: socio-demographic characteristics, personal and familiar medical history of prostate cancer, knowledge about prostate cancer and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, perception of risk towards prostate cancer, perception of the benefits of having a PSA-test, willingness to receive the PSA-test and sources of and needs of information regarding prostate cancer and the PSA-test. 72.7% of respondents had heard about the PSA-test and 51.1% of those had heard about it through their physicians. This knowledge was higher: in men with older age, in those that had a higher level of education, in those who had a relative with prostrate problems or prostate cancer and in those with prostate problems. Perceived personal risk of contracting prostate cancer was associated with a higher level of education, in those who had received information about prostate cancer from a physician and in those with prostate problems. Only 29.6% of men had undergone a PSA-test and 59.4% were willing to do so in the future. The significant predictors of the willingness to receive a PSA-test were the belief that the PSA-test was useful, the perception of not very good personal health status, and need of additional information about the PSA-test. Respondents have a moderate knowledge about prostate cancer and a good propensity to undergo the PSA-test."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Therefore, it would be necessary to increase information on the risks of prostate cancer and the benefits of prostate cancer prevention."

For more information on this research see: Prostate cancer screening: Knowledge, attitudes and practices in a sample of men in Italy. A survey. Plos One, 2017;12(10):e0186332. (Public Library of Science - www.plos.org; Plos One - www.plosone.org)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Morlando, Dept. of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy. Additional authors for this research include C.P. Pelullo and G. Di Giuseppe (see also Oncology - Prostate Cancer).

The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186332. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.

Keywords for this news article include: Italy, Naples, Europe, Oncology, Epidemiology, Cancer Prevention, Prostatic Neoplasms, Risk and Prevention, Enzymes and Coenzymes, Prostate Specific Antigen, Metastatic Prostate Cancer.

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