This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the First Biennial Conference on Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men

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Prostate cancer health and cultural beliefs of black men: The Florida Prostate Cancer Disparity Project

Folakemi T Odedina1*, Getachew Dagne2, Shannon Pressey1, Oladapo Odedina3, Frank Emanuel4, John Scrivens4, R Renee Reams4, Angela Adams5 and Margareth LaRose-Pierre4

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1 University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, Gainesville Florida, USA

2 University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa Florida, USA

3 Florida Black Living Navigator, Tampa Florida, USA

4 Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tallahassee Florida, USA

5 Central Florida Pharmacy Council, Orlando Florida, USA

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Infectious Agents and Cancer 2011, 6(Suppl 2):S10  doi:10.1186/1750-9378-6-S2-S10

Published: 23 September 2011



Since behavioral factors are significant determinants of population health, addressing prostate cancer (CaP)-related health beliefs and cultural beliefs are key weapons to fight this deadly disease. This study investigated the health beliefs and cultural beliefs of black men relative to CaP, and the key socio-demographic correlates of these beliefs.


The study design was a cross-sectional survey of 2,864 Florida black men, age 40 to 70, on their perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, attitude, outcomes beliefs, perceived behavioral control, CaP fatalism, religiosity, temporal orientation, and acculturation relative to CaP screening and prevention.


The men reported favorable attitude and positive outcome beliefs, but moderate perceived behavioral control, CaP susceptibility and CaP severity. They also had low level of acculturation, did not hold fatalistic beliefs about CaP, had high religious coping skills and had high future time perspective. Several demographic variables were found to be associated with health beliefs and cultural beliefs.


Our study provides rich data with regard to the health and cultural beliefs that might serve to inform the development of CaP control initiative for US-born and foreign-born black men.