African Americans men are at a greater risk for developing prostate cancer than the white men. In every six individuals from this ethnic group, there is one who is at risk of developing prostate cancer in their lifetime. African Americans are 1.8 times more exposed to the risk of developing the disease and 2.2 times more likely succumb from this disease as compared to white men. The increase in the higher risk of prostate cancer among Africa Americans is linked to socioeconomic status. There is a lower socioeconomic status of African Americans and this exposing to high cases of prostate cancer as a result of poor medical check-up and poor healthcare outcomes (Owens et al., 2014).
There are also racial biases and this is harming African Americans in terms of preventive care since they have lower chances of being provided with the PSA test. Recent studies reveal that men from this ethnic group are unlikely to have early diagnosis for the prostate cancer. They are also not likely to be treated in time for the disease like the white men. There are several treatment options and learning sources about the options for prostate cancer. Therefore, the evidence-based, primary care health promotion recommendation to deal with prostate cancer among African Americans involves the prevention programs that are tailored to African Americans to help in the reduction of health disparities (Jackson, Owens, Friedman, & Dubose-Morris, 2015).
There is a need to incorporate culturally suitable and targeted messages and the images, the performance of faith-based initiatives, and the delivery of the educational programs in non-traditional venues for example the common place where people gather. It is also important to include key partners and the stakeholder in the planning, implementation, and assessment of the health and the cancer educational programs to help in the improvement of the health of the community and supporting community engagement. The development of the IDM education program for African American families through working with the community and the clinical partners is helping in the reduction of prostate cancer diseases (Jackson et al., 2015).
Jackson, D. D., Owens, O. L., Friedman, D. B., & Dubose-Morris, R. (2015). Innovative and Community-Guided Evaluation and Dissemination of a Prostate Cancer Education Program for African-American Men and Women. Journal of Cancer Education, 30(4), 779-785.
Owens, O. L., Friedman, D. B., Hebert JR, & Jackson, D. D. (2014). An intergenerational approach to prostate cancer education: Findings from a pilot project in the Southeastern USA. J of Cancer Educ., 29(4), 649-656.