Prostate cancer is a very common type of caner for men worldwide. Prostate cancer, as the name suggests, affects the prostate of men causing many different complications and side effects whether in the urinal tract or in their sex life. However, the problem with prostate cancer is the fact that men awareness towards the disease is very limited.
According to a new study conducted by a team from UBC, men have very low knowledge on prostate cancer which might be the main cause why such disease may affect them in many negative ways. Men tend to wrongfully understand the diagnosis of the diseases leading to bigger psychological effects and worse treatments.
The study was led by two scientists with UBC’s Men’s Health Research Program called Professors Joan Bottorff and John Oliffe. The study focuses on the knowledge of men towards the diseases which showed a total of 91% of men with wrongful information. The main author of the study, Dr. Oliffe commented on his results saying, “In terms of health literacy, there is a long history of people saying men are not up to speed. This includes their knowledge when it comes to understanding prescription drugs and dosages, whether they know the stages of a disease and how they apply the knowledge they have. Our research looks at how men apply the knowledge they have. Quite often there is so much information out there and it’s complex in terms of choice.”