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Constructions of Masculinity and Help-Seeking for Prostate Cancer

Adrian mole lives in multicultural, multi-faith post-colonial Britain, a Britain in which diversity in all its various shapes and forms is almost taken for granted. However, his confrontation with the possibility of prostate cancer reinforces what we know about White men’s relationship to serious illness in general and to prostate cancer in particular. We know prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and accounts for approximately 25% of all male cancer diagnoses in the United Kingdom (UK) [1]. We know that the incidence of prostate cancer varies according to age, family history and also ethnicity. Research carried out in the US and the UK highlights that Black (African and Caribbean) men have disproportionately higher risk (one in four men as compared to one in nine White men) of prostate cancer than their White counterparts.


Nasreen Ali, Olufikayo Bamidele, Gurch Randhawa, Peter Hoskin and Eilis McCaughan

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