1: Black men less willing than white men to be tested for prostate cancer
Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol and University College London conducted a study with more than 500 men, attending general practices in Bristol, in which they were presented with realistic hypothetical scenarios - each included a description of a prostate cancer symptom and the estimated risk of prostate cancer. Martins et al found that preference for investigation was lower in Black men irrespective of the risk presented in the scenario. This difference was strongest in relation to the scenarios associated with the lowest risk level, with just 44% of Black males opting for investigation compared with 91% of White males. In both groups, the most common reason for declining investigation was low risk, but significantly more Black men stated that they simply did not want to know if they had cancer. Read our reaction to this research.