Alton Hart Jr., M.D., M.P.H.
American Cancer Society
National data show that African-American men have a higher prostate cancer incidence and mortality compared to white men, present with more advanced disease and have a lower than five-year survival rate compared to white men. Due to the mortality data and controversies surrounding prostate cancer screening, it is imperative that African-American men be able to make informed decisions about early detection. To date, most studies involving preparatory educational aids have been conducted in clinical settings. By conducting this research in a community setting, we will focus on African-American men who could potentially be excluded from recruitment in a clinical setting because they lack routine health care for various reasons. Further, this project will be among the first to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a touchscreen computer with an interactive tool about prostate cancer, using principles of community-based participatory research in partnership with barbershops in the African-American community.