Navigation Links
Barbershop Talks Cut Black Men's Prostate Cancer Risk
Date:9/6/2007

Innovative program is making a difference for this high-risk group, founder says

THURSDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- For thousands of black American men, getting a haircut now means cutting their risk for prostate cancer, too.

That's because a new program -- inspired by a motion picture -- has already enlisted 4,000 barbers nationwide to provide prostate cancer education and screening to minority men.

The 2004 movie Barbershop highlighted a natural neighborhood gathering place for black men. Its implications were picked up immediately by Virgil Simons, a black textile industry executive turned cancer crusader.

"Twelve years ago I was operated on for prostate cancer," Simons said. "The whole process energized me."

He founded what has become The Prostate Net, with its own Web site (www.theprostatenet.com) and toll-free telephone line (888-477-6763). According to Simons, for the past 11 years Prostate Net "has been involved in educating people about the disease and teaching them how to empower themselves."

American black males remain the target population for the effort. Studies have shown that they have a 60 percent higher risk of prostate cancer compared to whites, in large part because they often lack access to routine health care. Black Americans are almost 2.5 times more likely to die of the disease than whites, studies show.

Data on the success of The Prostate Net was to be presented this week at the Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today 2007 meeting in Atlanta.

Simons said Barbershop struck a chord with him because "I knew there had to be another form of outreach, particularly for those at high risk of that disease, minority men. So I set up a program where medical centers around the country educated barbers, and they provided information on screening and free care."

The program started with 300 barbers and screening for 20,000 men. Last year, more than 100 medical centers across the United States participated. A number of barbershops in the program now have multimedia workstations that provide video clips, text-based material, PodCasts and Web content.

A survey has been designed to assess how these barbershops influence knowledge and behavior about prostate cancer, Simons said.

"But from anecdotal reports we know we are making a difference," he said. "More and more barbers are asking about it on their own, and also more academic centers are using barbershops to provide information."

Using the local stylist as a vehicle to spread health messages to minority clients isn't unique to Prostate Net. In fact, U.S. researchers reporting in February at an international stroke conference found that urban beauty shops were ideal places to help black women learn about stroke's warning signs, as well as how to prevent the lethal attacks.

But another study, also presented at this week's meeting in Atlanta, suggests that the neighborhood pharmacist may not always be a reliable source of prostate cancer information.

In the study, researchers led by Helene Vilme, of Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, asked 89 Florida pharmacists whether they were willing and able to counsel customers on preventing prostate cancer and watching for the warning signs.

Most said they would gladly join in the education effort, but their "score on the general prostate cancer knowledge scale for patients was lower that expected for health-care professionals," the researchers note. They advocate research into better educating pharmacists on prostate cancer.

The Atlanta prostate cancer meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, which might seem an unlikely sponsor of cancer research. In fact, the DOD's Prostate Cancer Research Program is the second leading source of funding for prostate cancer research, just behind the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said Col. Janet Harris, director of the program. The money comes from funds earmarked for specific purposes by Congressional budget makers.

One effort funded by the program involves 11 academic institutions in a study to determine the exact reasons why prostate cancer incidence and mortality is higher among black Americans, Harris said. A preliminary report on that study is scheduled for this meeting.

More information

For more on prostate cancer, head to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.



SOURCES: Virgil Simons, director, The Prostate Net, Hackensack, N.J.; Col. Janet Harris, director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Ft. Dietrich, Md.; Sept. 5, 2007, presentations, Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today meeting, Atlanta


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos
2. Cipla holds talks with mining giant to supply AIDS drugs for South African workers
3. Roche confirms Tamiflu production talks in US
4. U.S. HSS Secretary Talks About Management of Bird Flu Pandemic
5. 5th European Breast Cancer Conference Talks about Everything from Patient to Oncologist
6. Medicos Hold Talks With Prime Minister, Continue Strike
7. British Doctors Hold Talks to end Impasse of Indian doctors
8. More Funds Must Flow-NYC Mayor Talks Tough
9. Teenagers Do Not Heed to Sex Abstinence Talks
10. Climate Talks Reach Consensus in Bangkok
11. Climate Talks Reach Consensus in Bangkok
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/26/2017)... Hackensack, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 ... ... fluency, Inc. in Hackensack, N.J. has been honored by Enterprising Women magazine ... program that recognizes the world’s top women business owners. Winners have demonstrated that ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... 2017 , ... RawTrition now brings you BioEnergy which is a powder capsule ... , RawTrition is taking nutrients to the next level! The superfoods in ... raw form (unlike the synthetically made options that are on the market). , Founder ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... and human performance, is proud to announce that it has received 510(k) clearance ... technologies, the MyoCycle Home and the MyoCycle Pro. , Both devices are stationary ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... Newport Beach, California, committed to raising awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and ... its randomized CAP-1002 (cardiosphere-derived cells) Phase I/II HOPE clinical trial in Duchenne ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The doctors at Wall Centre Dental are now expanding their ... require sedation to receive dental care. The doctors offer three treatment options to put ... to oral surgery, at their dental office in Vancouver. Wall Centre Dental is currently ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical ... chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients with ... compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A) achieved sustained virologic response ... its investigational, pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P). These ... 12 weeks of G/P treatment without ribavirin. Patients ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) (the "Company"), announces that it will participate ... the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, Ontario . ... is scheduled to present on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 am. ... the Board, Tony Holler will also attend the event. ... For more details about the ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... NEW YORK , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... This report on the prostate cancer ... of the global market. Increasing prevalence of prostate ... as innovation in the development of new drugs ... hormone-refractory prostate cancer drug due to lesser side ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: