Journal of
Cancer Research and Experimental Oncology

  • Abbreviation: J. Cancer Res. Exp. Oncol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2243
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCREO
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 54

Article in Press

Barriers to practice of prostate cancer screening among male senior academic staff of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria

S. Umar*, H. S. Mohammed and S. N. Garba

  •  Received: 27 February 2017
  •  Accepted: 22 May 2017
Despite less reliable methods for prostate cancer screening and the recent controversies surrounding the benefits of the screening, it still remains the best available method for early detection of prostate cancer. The objectives of this study were to determine the staff’s level of knowledge of prostate cancer, to explore the staff’s level of knowledge of prostate cancer screening, to examine their practice of prostate cancer screening and to determine barriers to prostate cancer screening among them. Adopting a cross-sectional descriptive survey design and multistage cluster sampling, data was collected from sample of 171 respondents using closed-ended questionnaire. The findings of this research revealed that 80.6% of the respondents had low level of knowledge of prostate cancer, 64.2% of the respondents had low level of knowledge of prostate cancer screening, only 3.0% of the respondents practice prostate cancer screening within last two years and lack of knowledge of prostate cancer screening was found to be the primary barrier preventing the staff from participation in prostate cancer screening followed by the fear of cancer diagnosis, which they believe might lead to death , and the fear of testing procedures as well. Based on the findings of this study it was recommended that medical personnel should be more involved in the creation of awareness on the importance of Prostate Cancer Screening and that dissemination of information about prostate cancer screening should be maintained and improved.

Keywords: Knowledge, practice, barriers, prostate cancer screening.