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Dépistage du cancer de la prostate: attitudes et comportements des fils et des frères de patients atteints

Abstract : Prostate cancer is the first cancer in men and the second cause of death by cancer, after lung cancer. Despite this fact, screening is not systematic but only advised for at-risk groups such as families in which one orseveral prostate cancer(s) have already been detected. Nevertheless, even in these at-risk groups, screening is not systematic but performed at the patient's or the doctor's request. The aim of this study was to identify the factors and motivations leading brothers and sons (first degree relatives) of patients suffering from this cancer to undergo a screening test. Data have been collected in threecentres in France (Paris , Brest and Nancy). The subjects' social economical background, familial history of prostate cancer, knowledge of the disease and the notion of previous screening have been recorded. 441 menhave been contacted to urge their brothers and sons, from 40 to 70 years of age, to take part in this study. Out of 357 potential candidates, 242 agreed to participate and 179 properly filled out a mailed questionnaire.The results showed a very low rate of men having already undergone a screening by PSA (Prostate Specifie Antigen). The knowledge of prostate cancer was not a significant fact but having suffered from prostatic problems was a deciding factor leading the person to ask for a screening. 71 % of the volunteers said theysubmitted themselves to a screening "at their family doctor's request" and 6.5% "at their own request". The screening "on request, which is currently performed for people belonging to at risk familiesregarding prostate cancer, is a bad solution. It is noticed that only a small proportion of these people who are yet said to be "at risk" have actually submitted themselves to a screening. For a more efficient and systematicprostate cancer screening, it seems important to motivate men belonging to groups "at risk" but also and mainly to make family doctors realising the necessity to suggest more often screening.
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Mahmut Gundesli. Dépistage du cancer de la prostate: attitudes et comportements des fils et des frères de patients atteints. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2002. ⟨hal-01739139⟩



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